Thanks to Glendora kicker Caleb Watkins for sharing. We get it Caleb. Isn’t this offside? Someone? Anyone? Maybe I don’t know football as well as I should, but I’ve never seen this before. It’s a great play if you’re allowed to block a kickoff, but you can’t. And what was Los Altos thinking? I’m not going as far as saying it’s a dirty play, but good thing they didn’t take out the kicker or this could have turned ugly.
LOS ALTOS REACTION: “First and foremost, there was zero mal-intent,” Los Altos head coach Dale Ziola said. “If you notice on the film, our kid even turned away in order to avoid Caleb.
“Here’s the thought process: Caleb is a stud. He’s got a 99-percent touch-back rate on kickoffs and kicks field goals from all over the yard. So my special teams coach goes, ‘It’s going to be a touch-back anyway, so what’s a 5-yard encroachment penalty? What if we go block the opening kickoff just to knock it down, just to get the kid to go what the heck? And that’s kinda what we did, to see if we could get in his head and rattle him the rest of the night. Obviously, it didn’t work.”
TRACY MCFATE, OFFICIALS REACTION: “It’s absolutely a encroachment penalty and it should have been called as soon as the first (Los Altos) player stepped over the 40-yard line,” McFate said. “We make no excuses. There’s three officials who should have caught it. I think it was the element of surprise.
— Caleb Watkins (@Calebwtkns) September 19, 2015