High school football: Cherokee runs 'Philly Special' to beat Canadian in OT
Trick plays work in 8-man football, too.
So when Cherokee needed a spark to hold off the furious Canadian rally, it turned to one of the most famous trick plays in recent football history, the "Philly Special" that helped the Eagles win the Super Bowl.
In its 50-48 overtime victory against Canadian on Friday in the Class B quarterfinals, Cherokee led 42-8 before the Cougars stormed back, scoring 34 unanswered points to force overtime.
Canadian (12-1) scored first but didn't convert the two-point attempt. Then Cherokee followed suit, but it executed the perfect trick play to win. Its quarterback pitched the ball right before rolling out to his left, where the running back tossed a perfect pass for the winning conversion.
Cherokee (12-1) advances to face Regent Prep (13-0) in the Class B semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday at Western Heights High School.