Grand Rapid West Catholic recently won the Division 5 state title in Michigan thanks in large part to a trick play that helped break a 7-7 tie in the third quarter.
It was the classic pretend-to-sub-guys-out-but-really-keep-an-eligible-receiver-on-the-sideline maneuver, just like how Knute Rockne would have drawn it up.
The play has drawn some criticism from Menominee High School coach Joe Noha:
They were out there and then they made an exchange and that kid sat there on the sideline and blended in really well. I guess, I don’t know what the interpretation is, rule-wise. I thought you had to be in the huddle to be a participant. I don’t know. I asked the official and apparently it’s a legal play. Our kids didn’t see him and that obviously was a big play (USA Today High School Sports).
According to Grand Rapids West Catholic head coach Dan Rohn, the play is nicknamed “Lou Lou” in honor of his mother. Rohn said he told the officials before the game that his team would be running the trick play if the opportunity presented itself.
[Source: USA Today High School Sports]