Trick plays, as the name implies, can be tricky.
They often carry high risk. If they work, the coach is a genius. If they don't work, the coach is sometimes left scratching his head wondering why he called it.
The normally conservative Bonneville pulled out a trick or two Friday at Highland and stunned the heavily favored Rams 21-6 to advance in the 4A playoffs.
"You've got to in big games like this," Bonneville coach Matt Williams said. "We don't usually go trick, but it worked for us today."
The Lakers had a huge defensive effort including three picks from senior defensive back Jesse Syme to shut down the Rams.
But it was a halfback pass from Colton Land to Austen Richards midway through the fourth that was the backbreaker. Land took the ball on an end around and the entire Highland defense took the bait.
"We knew nobody (gave us a chance)," Williams said. "But we played to the level of our opposition and that's a dang good football team."
After gaining just 26 yards and only one first down in the first half, Bonneville found itself ahead thanks to its defense and the speedy legs of Mathew Holbrook.
Though the Lakers gave up the first score of the game an 18-yard pass from Critter Nielson to Nate Fakahafua early in the second quarter Bonneville wasted little time claiming the lead.After blocking Highland's PAT, the Lakers got a 91-yard kickoff return from Holbrook to go ahead for good.