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Posted on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 11:30 a.m.

Fox Sports Detroit names Saline's botched punt TD run top play of high school football season

By Kyle Austin


Saline's Gage Hammond scored 10 touchdowns on the season, but none more spectacular than on a botched punt snap against Pioneer in Week 2 of the playoffs.

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First, the play gained notoriety among area high school football fans.

Then, it got picked up across the pond.

Now, it’s been named the top play in the state this year.

An 80-yard touchdown run off of a botched punt snap by Saline’s Gage Hammond was named the top MHSAA football play of the season by Fox Sports Detroit, in a segment aired during the state finals over the weekend.

The play came during the Hornets’ Nov. 2 district title win over Pioneer. Officially, it went down as a 51-yard touchdown run, but as the video shows, Hammond chases the ball back inside his own 20, kicking it at one point, before turning upfield and scampering to the end zone.

See the videos below to view the FSD segment and the play from an overhead angle, which has garnered more than 75,000 views on Youtube.

Kyle Austin covers sports for


Kyle Austin

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 9:28 p.m.

An update to the question of a kicked ball: an referee tells me that since the kick was not intentional, it would not be deemed a penalty.

John of Saline

Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 9:39 p.m.

Isn't a kicked ball a penalty?

Kyle Austin

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 12:23 a.m.

It is. The Hornets may be lucky there's no replay challenges in high school football

music to my ear

Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 9:04 p.m.

thats our boy