Give the Smithville Warriors this: They don’t take anything easy. Not even ingeniously designed trick plays.
Let’s see if we can cobble together precisely what happens in the touchdown pass you see above. First quarterback Mitch Orr takes the snap and hands off to running back Tanner Hartman. Got it. Nothing strange to see here. Hartman then turns and starts to the right, where he pitches off to wide receiver J.D. Benbow, who is curling behind on an end around. Now we’re talking, though this is still a fairly traditional trick play.
Where it gets weird is when Benbow stops on a dime, squares up and delivers an impressive 47-yard strike downfield to fellow receiver Riley Gesling. Understandably, Gesling was wide open and trotted into the end zone untouched.
The touchdown helped pace Smithville to a 38-0 rout of the Dragons, which raises the question of whether such an elaborate trick play was really necessary. No matter. It sure was fun to watch.