An Alabama high school football state championship game Wednesday night produced one of the most ridiculous finishes you ever will see.
After forcing a turnover on downs, Auburn High School led Thompson High School by nine points with 1:18 remaining in the Alabama 7A state championship game. We repeat: Auburn had a nine-point lead and a first down with under 90 seconds remaining.
Oh, and Auburn was at Thompson’s 20-yard line.
Check out these two clips, including one of Auburn players celebrating what they thought was a clinched state title:
Then, the following happened:
— Three kneel-downs from shotgun formation (resulting in total loss of 25 yards), with Thompson twice using timeouts to stop the clock.
— (That’s right: Auburn, on the opponent’s 20-yard line, elected not to run the ball and/or kick a game-clinching field goal.)
— Blocked punt returned for touchdown with 18 seconds remaining.
— Onside kick recovered by Thompson at Auburn’s 46-yard line.
— Two pass-interference penalties, advancing ball to Auburn’s 18-yard line.
— Game-winning 35-yard field as time expired.
— Thompson wins, 29-28.
So, is that more a thrilling victory or an agonizing defeat? Did Thompson win it or did Auburn lose it?
Either way, sports are crazy.