High School Football often produces things that need to be seen — and probably seen a few times — to be truly believed. That happened on Friday night in California’s Division 3-AA Regional Final game between Lake Balboa’s Birmingham High School Patriots and San Diego’s Del Norte Nighthawks.
Birmingham trailed 28-24 with six seconds remaining. But with the ball just short of midfield, they had a chance at a miracle. But when quarterback Kingston Tisdell’s final throw only reached roughly the 20-yard line, the game seemed over. Only, it wasn’t.
Because the pass went into a sea of hands Normally in that situation, one of three things happens. One, the ball is caught by someone on the offense, who’s quickly tackled. Two, the ball is caught by a defender, who likely immediately goes to the ground. Three, the ball falls incomplete. This saw the rare fourth option. The ball went behind the sea of hands. That’s where Birmingham’s Devyn Jackson was. Jackson brought the ball in and sprinted to the end zone for the stunning game-winning touchdown.
Have never witnessed an ending quite like this. Incredible game to call and an even better HSFB finish. Congrats to @bcchsfbpatriots on last night’s win & advancing to the D3-AA State Championship! @SC_ESPN @SportsCenter @SCTopTen @SportscenterTop @awfulannouncing @STAAtalent pic.twitter.com/GxDnQxwcGR
— Jonah Malkin (@Jonah_malkin) December 2, 2023
With the win, Birmingham earned a spot in the Division 3-AA State Championship Game against Northern California’s champion, Acalanes. It’s hard to imagine that game producing a finish as exciting as this one’s.
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