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High school football: You won't believe the play Olympus ran to beat Springville in the 4A playoffs

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5 2013 9:16 a.m. MST

Olympus High's Coleman Meier, center, celebrates his game-winning touchdown with 1.8 seconds left on the clock during a football game against Springville at Springville High School in Springville on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Olympus won 43-37. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Olympus High's Coleman Meier, center, celebrates his game-winning touchdown with 1.8 seconds left on the clock during a football game against Springville at Springville High School in Springville on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Olympus won 43-37. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

HOLLADAY — It was an incredibly gutsy decision to call a play your players had never been able to execute in practice.

But that’s exactly what Olympus head coach Aaron Whitehead did in the final 11 seconds of the Titans' 43-37 victory against Springville in the first round of the 4A playoffs last Friday night.

The three players who executed the hook and ladder — and ladder, said the Titans refer to it as “ace flipper option.”

It began with a pass from quarterback Chase Manning to Spencer Williams. He took a few steps before pitching it to Connor Haller, who said he saw defenders headed his way. So he pitched it to running back Coleman Meier, who scored the game-winning touchdown.

The three young men discussed the play and their thoughts on the coach's decision to run it on High School Game Night on 700 AM ESPN Radio.

Springville's Jarom Hendricks scores a touchdown, which tied the game with a two-point conversion, in the last four minutes of a football game against Olympus at Springville High School in Springville on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Olympus won 43-37. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Springville's Jarom Hendricks scores a touchdown, which tied the game with a two-point conversion, in the last four minutes of a football game against Olympus at Springville High School in Springville on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Olympus won 43-37. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

Olympus players discuss ace flipper option

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