ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Video of a broken play that turned into a touchdown has put a Minnesota high school team into the national spotlight.
The video from the Friday, Sept. 7, game with Alexandria Area High School hosting Sartell was captured by Alexandria Echo Press sports editor Eric Morken who shared it on Twitter, where it streaked in popularity.
By the end of the night, ESPN's "SportsCenter" Twitter account got permission to use it and had tweeted out the video to its 35.2 million followers. It also appeared at halftime of NBC's "Sunday Night Football" game between Green Bay and Chicago.
Here's the setup:
Alexandria was trailing 16-7 in the fourth quarter and drove deep into Sartell territory.
On third down from the Sabres' 6-yard line, the snap from center sailed over junior quarterback Matthew Carlsen's head. He chased after it, scooping the ball up almost 15 yards down field before rolling toward the left sideline. Carlsen threw the ball on a line toward the back of the end zone. It went right through the hands of the Sartell's Derrick Olson before falling into the waiting arms of Alexandria's Evan Lattimer for the touchdown.
"When I was going back, I took a peek over my head to see where to go," Carlsen said. "I picked it up and tried to get around a guy and saw a couple guys open in the end zone. I just threw it up to them, which was probably a risky throw at that time of the game, but we got lucky and it worked out."
The good fortune didn't end there for Alexandria. The Cardinals won the game 17-16 after senior kicker Zach Wosepka nailed a 32-yard field goal with 1:58 left on the clock.