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Middle School Trick Play: A Dangerous Example of Poor Sportsmanship?

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Strolling through the defense.

I am not really a big football fan, but even I can appreciate the awesomeness of a trick play that went down in a middle school football game last weekend.

As captured on the video after the jump, Jason Garza, the eighth-grade quarterback for Driscoll Middle School in Corpus Christi, Texas, managed to score on the opposing team simply by confusing them.

While the play is certainly beautiful in its simplicity, there are those who think it was a bit of a low blow and a dangerous example of poor sportsmanship.

Garza’s nonchalant stroll through the defense was the idea of Driscoll’s Assistant Coach and Offensive Coordinator, John De Los Santos.  The whole team was in on the trick play, but Garza and De Los Santos are the ones enjoying fifteen minutes of fame for what some are saying is the best trick play ever.  But in an interview on CNN’s American Morning, the inevitable question arises:  Was the trick play fair?

The refs ruled the play legal and according to football experts, it was.  But was it fair and sportsmanlike?  And more importantly, was it safe?  As at least one sports writer points out, Garza could have been seriously injured had the other team’s defense figured out what was happening before he got away.

What do you think about this middle school trick play?  Is this how you would want your kid to play the game?

And for what it’s worth, Driscoll lost the game.

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