There’s nothing more fulfilling at any level of football, than getting to see a lineman score a touchdown.
Whether it’s off a scoop ‘n score fumble recovery touchdown, a rare defensive lineman pick-six, or an even more rare offensive touchdown.
We didn’t ever really see a lineman get the chance to score a touchdown on offense, until the ’85 Chicago Bears started to use defensive lineman William “Refrigerator” Perry as a fullback for goal-line situations.
Imagine that. How are you gonna stop a 330 pound dude from gaining a yard?
It’s almost impossible.
We’ve seen a few teams use these kinds of packages over the years, but very rarely.
However, I can’t recall a team ever using an offensive lineman on a trick play to throw a touchdown pass…
On October 27th, Fonda-Fultonville High School was squaring off against Mechanicville, two schools in New York.
According to The Daily Gazette, Fonda-Fultonville had a commanding 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
As it was senior night, FF’s head coach Sean Thompson wanted to give one of his senior o-linemen the opportunity of a lifetime.
They ran a play where o-lineman Derek Duval backed off the line, and the ball was lateralled to him.
He then proceeded to drop a 40-yard DIME, right to his wide receiver for the easy touchdown.
I mean seriously, put this kid at quarterback. You can’t TELL me the starting QB would have thrown a better pass.
Thompson weighed in on the crazy play call:
“Derek’s a great kid. He’s a three-year starter, he’s one of our captains. The kids have been lobbying us to do it since the beginning of the season, and we knew they’d be excited about it. We just said, ‘What the heck?’
He’d been throwing the ball 50-yards in the air, and he’d always say, ‘Coach, you’ve got to let me throw a pass.’
It was a lot of fun. It’s something that the kids will always remember. That’s what it’s all about– having fun.”