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’80 Idaho Tip’ was Hail Mary play that answered Montesano’s prayers against Royal

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Dec. 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm with No Comments »
December 1, 2012 1:07 pm

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.”

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