I don’t know about you, but we saw an excellent football game last night.
It all came down to a quarterback sneak off an excellent block by the left tackle, who happens to be my nephew.
What a play!
For those of you who may have been watching another, less satisfying game last night, let me set the scene.
Camp Randall Stadium.
WIAA Division 4 State Championship game.
Two undefeated teams.
With the game tied 0-0 through most of the game, St. Croix finally scored on a one-yard run and kicked the extra point to lead 7-0.
Then, with 12 seconds left in the game, Racine St. Catherine’s versatile quarterback Da’Shaun Brown drove into the end zone from three-yards out to make the score 7-6.
If you were St. Catherine’s Head Coach Dan Miller, what would you do?
Kick an extra point to tie the game?
Or, go for two to win it all?
Miller never blinked.
And, thanks to his bold call, a whole lifetime of Saturday morning Pop Warner games, afternoon practices, early morning weight lifting, sore muscles, dirty uniforms, film study and meetings came down to this one play.
Brown took the snap, senior tackle Guy Van Dis made a textbook block, and Brown scampered into the end zone for the game winning two-point conversion.
With that call, and the defensive stand that followed, Racine St. Catherines became the first team in school history to finish the season with a perfect record.
Congratulations to our nephew Guy and the rest of the St. Catherines Angels.
Thanks for showing us how exciting a well-played Thursday night football game can be.