Archive for Wednesday, September 17, 2003

McCarty pulls double duty in Bonner game.

September 17, 2003

It's a back.

It's a receiver.

No, it's Luke McCarty.

Hey, who's this No. 23 for the Chieftains?

Actually, No. 23 doesn't appear in the THS program, but the mystery player does take the field on occasion.

Normally donning No. 76, senior McCarty throws on the lower-numbered jersey to be eligible for extra points. McCarty is a last-ditch effort in case something goes wrong with extra points.

It just so happens, on the Chieftains' first point-after attempt Friday, THS needed that mysterious player.

A bad snap sent holder Justin Walker into a situation he's accustomed to -- scrambling.

Walker roamed around the backfield as Bonner Springs defenders pursued. One nearly had Walker down, but the senior threw a prayer toward the end zone just before he fell backward to the ground.

McCarty had a hand on the ball, then fell down.

A Bonner Springs player then tipped the ball before it dropped into the McCarty's hands as the occasional receiver lay on his back in the end zone.

"I'm out there in case of a bad snap," McCarty said.

That certainly was the case, but no one, not even Channel 6 announcers Jamie Sido nor Lynn Harrod knew who caught the ball, especially when the No. 23 shirt was on backward.

But with the help of assistant coach David St. Cyr on the sideline, McCarty's secret identity was revealed. St. Cyr pulled the No. 23 jersey over McCarty's helmet, revealing the senior's regular jersey.

The offensive guard/defensive lineman then went back to his mild-mannered duties as No. 76, blocking opponents on offense and tackling backs on defense.

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