November 08, 2010
For a defender returning an interception or touchdown, there is usually no sweeter sight than a convoy of blockers surrounding him. That protective phalanx all but ensures he can trot to the end zone unscathed, earning all the glory of scoring a defensive touchdown in the process. Unfortunately for one California team last week, that was anything but the case.
The video you see above, which was submitted by Edison (Calif.) High's Brad Franca, shows a dramatic fumble, recovery, breakaway and, eventually, an almost unspeakable blunder, with Edison return man Brandon Hang -- that's No. 28 in white -- tripping over lead blocker Derrick Randall, who wears No. 11.
The size differential between the players adds to the comical effect, of course, and either could have been blamed for the slip up (pardon the horrific pun there). Clearly, Hang was losing some of the early pace he showed when he first recovered the fumble. At the same time, what is Randall possibly doing looking behind to check on pursuing players when he knows that he and two other Edison players are surrounding Hang to the end zone? It makes no sense.
[Video rewind: The worst high school player ever]
Luckily for both players, Edison scored a touchdown on the very next play from scrimmage, a 35-yard passing strike, to take a 26-16 halftime lead en route to a 50-30 whitewash of Tokay (Calif.) High. Given what had to be a lighthearted locker room after the win, something tells us Hang and Randall may have received a decent amount of playful criticism.
Maybe they were even asked to recreate the magical moment? It might be hard to do it again if they tried.
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