Terry Jensen had three options.
Trailing 21-16, Montesano had just stopped No. 2 Royal at the Kinghts’ 41-yard-line. Three seconds remained in the first half.
Taking a knee and going to the locker room down at half never crossed Jensen’s mind.
He signaled in “80 Idaho Tip” – a Hail Mary tip play that ended up resulting in a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matthew Jensen to receiver Richard Smith.
“We work on it during every pre-game,” Matthew Jensen said.
The Bulldogs went on to win the game – and 1A title – 43-28 in the Tacoma Dome.
Terry Jensen admitted he and his staff took that from the University of Idaho’s playbook. The design called for Smith to be the “tipper” – or one who tipped the pass to teammates.
But when Matthew Jensen’s pass air-mailed the entire Royal defense, Smith was alone in the back of the end zone – and made the catch.
“It’s a play we practice every Thursday, but we had not used in a game,” Terry Jensen said. “It has been in our playbook for two years.”