Here’s something you don’t see every day.
Usually when a linebacker comes into the good fortune of an interception, the message from his teammates is pretty straightforward: “Drop to the ground!” Of course, there’s a good reason for that: Most linebackers aren’t likely to outrun the opposing team’s wide receivers, running backs or even tight ends. Luckily for Trinity Christian School (TCS) out of Cedar Hill, Texas, Tavione Carter isn’t a normal linebacker.
In a game against McKinney Christian Academy, Carter got in front of a pass headed for the back of the end zone. He picked if off and took off for the races. Yes, that means he directly ignored the pleas of his teammates to drop to the turf in the end zone, which would have earned his squad the ball on the 20-yard-line.
Hindsight is 20-20, which makes it an awfully good thing that Carter didn’t listen to his teammates. Instead he fought through a gaggle of would-be tacklers in a clump, then hit the sideline and cruised to the end zone for six points on a miraculous 108-yard touchdown.
In the end, the touchdown was a blip on the radar of TCS’ 42-8 rout of McKinney Academy. Still, it was easily the most entertaining blip of the game, and maybe TCS’ season as a whole.