Just because a running back is stopped behind the line of scrimmage doesn’t mean that they won’t have an effective down. The trick is that they just have to find a way to offload the ball to a teammate.
That’s precisely what Holt running back Trent Stone pulled off in Michigan, launching himself up as two tacklers came in low and flinging a one-handed flip pass to a nearby wide receiver as he was in the process of being tackled. It was a stunning play, so much so that the receiver, the entire Jackson High defense and another of Stone’s teammates, who stood there with his hands on his head as the play came to a close.
In the end, the inventive flip pass was good for a gain of about 6 yards. That’s no game-breaking total, but it was still a mind-altering play,helping keep Holt in a tight game where every yard mattered. It may not have been enough in the end — Jackson emerged victorious by a score of 63-41 — but it was still the surefire play of the night, and one of the plays of the season. You can see another view of the scrappy completion below at the 0.57 mark, alongside a handful of Stone’s other jaw dropping runs of the night.