Friday, November 16, 2012
Video: Prep Canadian football squad scores touchdown by returning a punt with a punt
What you see here is an amazing play executed by Winnigpeg Kelvin High School against a fellow Winnipeg High School Football League opponent. Watch as as they field a punt, punt the ball again, and then race down the field to score an improbable touchdown. How was that play legal? Well, for one thing the game was played under Canadian rules, which allows for such trickery. More from Prep Rally:
Unlike American football, Canadian football holds that once a punt travels more than 10 yards downfield, the kicking team can recover the free ball and regain possession. In this way, Canadian punts are essentially just like American kickoffs.
However, in a nod to rugby, Canadian football holds that on scrimmage kicks (i.e., punts and missed field goals), the returning team can respond by immediately punting the ball back to the other team, creating a free-for-all where whichever team gets to the ball first will retain possession.
Those folks in Canada sure know how to spice up a game.