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Driscoll Middle School Trick Play: 'A really slow quarterback sneak'

By Cindy Boren

In the spirit of the fumblerooski, the holy roller, the Statue of Liberty and the A 11 offense comes Driscoll Middle School quarterback Jason Garza, who just nonchalantly advances the ball against the world's most gullible bunch of defensive players.

John De Los Santos, assistant coach of the Corpus Christi, Texas, school devised the play and even Garza didn't think it would work.

But it did (the title game ended in a 6-6 tie) and now the suits in charge of administering the games will no doubt cast a gimlet eye on what de los Santos calls "a really slow quarterback sneak" and wring all the fun out of it, so let me quote John Madden, whose Raiders pulled the holy roller play in 1978 (see link to video above) and makes as much sense as anyone.

"It was one of those things where maybe you can't do that but the rules say that you can do that so you can do that and if you don't want to do that then go change the rules," Madden said of his holy roller play. "And that's exactly what they did, they changed the rule so now you can't do it any more."

Boo, suits.

All this play needs is a good nickname.

By Cindy Boren  | November 9, 2010; 7:46 AM ET
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99 percent of viewers will insist that they would not have been duped. 100 percent of them would be wrong.

Posted by: PaulinMaryland | November 9, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

The Stroll

Posted by: webfool | November 9, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

The Stroll

Posted by: webfool | November 9, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

They already have a name for it, "The Penalty Play" because they run it after a penalty. Requires the QB and coach yelling about more penaltyy yardage needs to be stepped off and QB telling snapper to give him the ball so he can give it to the refs.

This game was played in Texas where we use NCAA rules for schoolbioy football. It should have been flagged as this was in clear violation of 1 rule and possible violation of another.

Posted by: mwise1 | November 9, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The Walk About!

Posted by: DDS112097 | November 9, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

In the other 48 states that use high school rules, this would be illegal as well.

From the NFHS Case Book: Football has been and always will be a game of deception and trickery involving multiple shifts, unusual formations and creative plays. However, actions or verbiage designed to confuse the defense into believing there is problem and a snap isn’t imminent is beyond the scope of sportsmanship and is illegal.

Posted by: Fantheflames | November 9, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm a big fan a smash mouth football but I have to admit, this was a good trick play. I would call this play "the sleepwalker"

Posted by: bigsherwin | November 9, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: TonyV1 | November 9, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

The Driscoll Dupe

The Wock-a-Walk

The Walkaway

Posted by: akitadog | November 9, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Why do I just get a Bank of America add, and the audio, but no video? This happens every time I try to view a video on the site.

Posted by: mytwocents | November 9, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

But in this case, there doesn't appear to be any deceiving anyone about whether a snap is imminent or not: everyone sees the snap, they just don't recognize it as such.

Any requirement that the snap go through the center's legs?

And I vote for The Stroll. Simple, straightforward.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 9, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

The True QB Sneak!

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | November 9, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The dead pan walking

["the world's most gullible bunch of defensive players." Yknow, that's right, today's kids are babied way too much all through high school, maybe it should be, "America's most gullible 12-year olds...or, the world's dumbest kids..."]

Posted by: kls1 | November 9, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

They're not "gullible"--they're twelve years old.

Posted by: jtrep | November 9, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I have been following the posts regarding this. I am fascinated by the diversity and volatility of opinion, and the unabashed ignorance of the rules in blogs throughout the country. It is amazing how many responses I have read that start with "100% legal" or "the rules say" and "here is the rule." It is even more amazing how many of these people are "100% sure" that the ball must be snapped between the snapper's legs. What is most amazing is almost every one of these ARE wrong. This explains why so many people watching football "boo stupid:" people base their reactions on their "perception" or "understanding" of the rules. All prep football in the State of Texas (this includes middle school and up) is played according to the NCAA Rule Book: Rule 2, Section 23 (Page FR55), clearly defines a legal snap. This fails the criteria for a legal snap. A few people have caught this: "quick and continuous motion backward," but few have caught the fact the ball was "lifted" and handed to the QB. Sorry, it is an illegal snap. I know people want to be proud of their kids, but the officials missed this one and I am sorry for that. Coaches at this level of the game almost never conference with officials prior to the game to discuss "trick plays" as a warning to officials; that usually only happens at the college and high school level.

Posted by: Cykohsis | November 9, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

My first reaction was snap infraction as well (the rule is very similar between NFHS and NCAA by the way).

Posted by: Rob63 | November 9, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I like the sleepwalker.

Posted by: pentewiz | November 10, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

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