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Posted on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 7:28 p.m.

Saline football team's highlight reel touchdown receiving press in England

By Pete Cunningham

Football may mean soccer over in England, but even across the pond the people know a spectacular play when they see one.

Saline punter/wide receiver/kicker/kick returner/Mr. Everything Gage Hammond has scored in practically every way for the Hornets football team this year, but none was more jaw dropping than last Friday night when he chased down a botched snap on a punt attempt that sailed over his head, scooped it up and ran all the way for a score in Saline's 31-17 win over Pioneer.

Hammond's touchdown was officially a 51 yard run, but as the video shows, he had to cover about three times that amount of ground to reach the end zone.

Video of the play was posted on YouTube on Tuesday and since then has been making its rounds -- it had 1,140 views as of Thursday evening. The video was even posted on the The Guardian's "the amazing world of sports" page on Thursday.

The site went out of its way to point out that Hammond was playing "American football."

Saline will play in another American football game on Friday night when it faces defending Division 1 state champion Detroit Cass Tech. The game is at 7 p.m. at Saline High School.

Pete Cunningham covers sports for he can be reached at or by phone at 734-623-2561. Follow him on Twitter @petcunningham.


shane derossett

Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 3:13 p.m.

You people need to get a life and move on! Saline season is over after tonight..Detroit Cass Tech is going to school them on the field at 7pm in Saline!


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 11:38 p.m.

lol i can watch this play all day long!!! Pioneer's season is over like a fart in the wind from great plays like this!!!

Get over it

Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 6:16 p.m.

No they got schooled last weak


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 5:21 p.m.

Shane, is your team still playing? Just curious... Go Hornets!


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 2:56 p.m.

Hhaahahaha,poor pioneer,gotta love it.

Chip Reed

Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 10:55 a.m.

Is this karma for the Huron H.S. game?


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 1:11 a.m.

England ? perhaps Saline's sister city which is Brecon, Wales which is in the U.K. Perhaps they are following our Hornets. Go Hornets!!!