A video posted by Carmen Tarantino (@cptarantino) on Oct 9, 2015 at 7:52pm PDT
The latest cruel reminder to play until the final whistle comes from the alma mater of none other than former Ohio State great Maurice Clarett himself.
In an all-Ohio face off between Warren G. Harding High and Boardman, the Harding Raiders blocked the Spartans’ would-be game-winning field goal as time expired, then ran off wildly to celebrate. There was just one problem: None of their players had scooped up the ball or even touched it down to ensure that the play was dead.
As noted by Thunder Treats, that left the play very much alive, and an astute Boardman player scooped it up and trotted into the end zone untouched. Final score: Boardman 18, Harding 14.
According to Boardman football coach Carmen Tarantino, the Raiders were pretty excited to celebrate a narrow victory in the most gaudy way possible, with fireworks going off in the other end zone. That’s where the Harding players were heading when the Raiders waltzed into the end zone untouched with the game-winning score.
It all made for a particularly cruel reminder that the game is never over until the final whistle, particularly when the game is in the balance on a final play.