A perfectly executed trick play to win the state championship as time expires? It might sound like the ending to a Disney movie, but it's exactly what happened for Mater Dei Prep (Middletown, New Jersey) in the NJSIAA Non-Public Group II State final.
Here's the scene. The score was tied at 20 with 15 seconds remaining. Mater Dei Prep had the ball at the 50-yard line, but they only had one timeout left. Head coach Dino Mangiero decided to call "Hero," a trick play the team had been working on in practice all season. Here's what happened next:
THE MATER DEI MIRACLE! Pearson to Devaney then to Lewis on the hook and lateral for a 50 yard TD with 3 secs left for a 26-20 lead. pic.twitter.com/PzZH6rR2rh
— Scott Stump (@Scott_Stump) December 3, 2016
That's one of the most beautiful hook and ladder (hook and lateral) plays I've ever seen. It all started with quarterback George Pearson, who delivered a perfect pass to wide receiver Kyle Devaney. Just as Devaney looks surrounded by defenders, he tosses a lateral to wide receiver Eddie Lewis in stride. Lewis then weaves his way 45 yards for the score. Here it is from an different angle:
"I can't even explain the feeling right now," Lewis told App.com after the game. "It worked to perfection."
It was a perfect ending to Lewis's high school career. The 5-foot-11, 171-pound senior is rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com. He currently holds offers from six D-I programs, including Boston College and Indiana.
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