Sometimes a perfect play call comes along at a perfect time. It’s executed perfectly, and the world suddenly seems like a place at peace with the fates. Rarely has a play been more perfectly timed than the perfect season-saving Hook-and-Ladder play drawn up by Lincoln Way North coach George Czart in the final two minutes of his squad’s 28-21 victory against crosstown rival Lincoln Way West.
You can see the play in question above, with North quarterback Jake Arthur passing 15 yards to, who then pitched it to a streaking Jaylin Branch. From there it was all comfort cruise, with Branch running down the flank untouched for 23 yards to the end zone. A two-point conversion followed, setting the stage for overtime.
That’s where Arthur and Slager hooked up again, this time providing what would prove to be the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard strike. As noted by the Chicago Tribune, the touchdown and subsequent defensive stop not only ensured that North would finish the regular season undefeated, it also kept West from earning a share of the title alongside their crosstown rivals.
“Even when we were down by two scores (in the fourth quarter), there were only positive thoughts and remarks on the sideline,” Arthur told the Tribune. “This is just a great win for the team, the school and the community.”