If you think only grown NFL players have it in them to throw a Hail Mary pass, you’re sadly mistaken.
Two North Shore High School players proved during a Texas state championship game Saturday that anyone with the talent can get the job done, including young teenagers.
Watch their Hail Mary pass below, and note the reaction of the opposing team’s coach:
What you just saw was quarterback Dematrius Davis throw a desperate, last-minute pass that nobody thought would land. Yet it did. It landed in the hands of wide receiver A.J. Carter.
And by landing in the hands of Davis’ partner, the pass propelled North Shore to a stunning last-minute victory against Duncanville High School.
And not just any stunning last-minute victory, but an unprecedented one. It turns out that Duncanville had held the Class 6A Division I championship title since 1998. But not anymore.
Not that Duncanville Reinald Samples minds. While he looked flabbergasted in the video above, he was just glad his players had tried their best.
“I’m proud of the kids,” he said to The Dallas Morning News. “I’d be worse off if they didn’t fight off til the end. They gave it their all. Who would’ve thought that would’ve happened?”
“So I’m proud of them. I don’t have anything to hold my head down for. If we would’ve quit after the second half, I would’ve felt bad. They played hard, so I’m proud of them.”
Unfortunately, his players aren’t taking it as well.
“Heartbreaking. We thought we had the game. All I can say is that it was heartbreaking,” Duncanville running back Trysten Smith, who reportedly scored three touchdowns during the game, said.
Right before Davis threw his Hail Marry pass, Duncanville quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson scored on a 5-yard rush, clinching what the team thought was their victory.
But then this happened (the video below shows the pass from another angle):
“There was only four seconds left and nothing left to do but take a shot,” North Shore coach Jon Kay told the Houston Chronicle. “It’s something you work on Thursdays before a Friday game, and it’s called a Hail Mary for a reason — somebody’s living right.”
“We practice it every Thursday at the end of practice,” Davis added. “We never thought we would do it, but we did it today and it happened. It worked.”
It’s called hard work and discipline.
“This is like … I can’t even explain it, man. I just thank my coaches, man. Stayed on me. Hard works pays off,” Carter noted.
Indeed it does, young man. Indeed it does.
Check out social media’s reaction to their Hail Mary pass below:
this is High School????? these guys look like college
— John Funderburk (@jfunds1) December 23, 2018
This is #txhsfb at it’s best! This is how high schools play football in the Lone Star State! Congratulations #northshoremustangs on your #UILSTATE Championship! @NSNationFB @GalenaParkISD
— Esmeralda Dimas (@dimas_esmeralda) December 23, 2018
WOW still can’t believe what I just saw. Great game. I’ve enjoyed watching all these games this weekend. Got to love TEXAS Football.
— James Rodriguez (@texans04) December 23, 2018
It’s not called a hail Mary because of the distance the ball has to go. It involved a heave and a prayer.
— A. E. Rainier (@aerainier) December 23, 2018
In Texas everything is bigger. Even the finishes
— Tim O (@thedelcoTO) December 23, 2018
OMG!!! WOW ?
— Kim Wilson ♑️ (@KdubbaU) December 23, 2018
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