If you’re going to win a tight game, you might as well do it with some drama. It would be hard to deliver more than what unfolded in Claremont’s 33-29 victory against Bonita.
As you can see at the 1:52 mark of the video above, with the game on the line, quarterback Raine Pohaku Kaheaku-Paiva took the snap and rolled left, which is a fairly common occurrence for the team’s option offense. He pitched off the ball, which was then reversed back the other direction (that’s an option reverse at this point, for those keeping track at home). But wait, Claremont wasn’t done yet, with Benjamin Lynch pulling up before he hit the line of scrimmage and lofting a pass to a still-covered Duy Tran-Sampson in the end zone, handing Claremont the narrow victory.
While the play wasn’t revolutionary, it was certainly gutsy, and immaculately executed. Consider: Bonita smelled out the reverse option and still kept Tran-Sampson covered deep.
In the end, that didn’t make a difference, with Claremont escaping with a victory. Some plays are just too well designed to be stopped, evidently.