Two amazing fourth quarter plays to open football season

The thing I love most about shooting football at local high schools and colleges is that you never know where the story is going to come from. Last week at New London High School, the game had reached the fourth quarter, and I was struggling to put together a storyline in my head. The first half had been sloppy, with a few botched plays leading to the scoring. There were no big offensive highlights to center the piece on. New London seemed like they were about to score when the Bacon Academy defense made a stop on fourth and goal. The next play was a 98-yard touchdown pass, that I was kicking myself for being on the wrong side of. I figured at least I had my big scoring play. However, it was immediately topped on the ensuing kickoff. The return man was a sophomore who was touching the ball for the first time in his first varsity game. All he did was take the return straight to the end zone.
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The next week at Coast Guard Academy, I was looking at an ugly 5-0 game with one minute to play. Again, I was having trouble formulating a game story in my head. I knew that Coast Guard’s no huddle offense had the potential to be explosive, so I positioned myself downfield in case of a big play. That big play unfolded right in front of me as a pass was tipped right into the arms of a Coast Guard receiver. Two plays later, Casey Paris, the freshman tight end who had tipped the pass and dropped a fourth down pass earlier, caught the game winning touchdown.
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