High school team executes bounce-pass-to-bomb trick play to perfection

Westminster Academy (FL) pulled off this awesomely perfect (and, yes, intentional) trick pass play on the first play from scrimmage in their final home game of the season. Westminster’s offensive coordinator, Jimmy Robertson, reportedly drew up this play and had his team practice it all season in preparation for this moment.

It calls for the guy lined up at quarterback to throw a perfect bounce pass behind the line of scrimmage to one of the wide receivers, who then bombs it downfield to another wide open receiver. What’s the secret? Well, the dude that threw the bomb was actually the quarterback, hidden by three surrounding receivers on the near side. The defense didn’t know that the dude receiving the bounce-pass could throw a bomb like that. The guy taking the snap? The running back. Not a bad bounce pass from a halfback, I’d say.

Every aspect of the play worked to perfection and Mr. Robertson winds up looking like a sly sunuvabitch and a genius trickster. Had it not, the man would have looked like a complete fool, but so goes the world of sports.


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  • http://Enteryourwebsite... jordan

    holding # 81 bring it back

    • http://Enteryourwebsite... jordan

      oops 21 wr outside on #26 white

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  • http://Enteryourwebsite... Joe

    That was the most blatant, obvious hold I’ve ever seen on #21. This video is now void of coolness.

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... SEKKDS

    How is it that once the ball was bounced to the ground the play isn’t considered an incomplete pass, or grounding or something… and the play is dead before even getting to the quarterback for that bomb? Maybe I don’t know something about football rules, but the throwing the ball on the ground from the snap….?? Dead ball, ain’t it?

    • http://Enteryourwebsite... Fred

      Because the pass is backwards, it’s a lateral and so it’s still live even when hitting the ground.

    • http://Enteryourwebsite... Jordan

      Fred’s right. It’s basically treated like a fumble.

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... Ted

    Holding. Ouch.

    So why bounce it? Why not just throw it?

    • http://Enteryourwebsite... Dymas

      Because a lot of people like yourself will think its dead (ie the DB that was supposed to be covering the receiver who caught the bomb) So people will be confused.

      • http://Enteryourwebsite... Jordan

        That’s the intent, but I don’t think that’s what actually happened here. If you watch the defense, no one backs off following the bounce, which unfolds so fast that it can’t really be effective as a smokescreen. That receiver — whose assignment was probably too busy covering him to notice the bounce — would likely have been open anyway.

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  • http://Enteryourwebsite... the dude

    Not a new play. We ran this when I was in high school 35 years ago!