Spoiler alert: He doesn’t reach the end zone. Screenshot of Streamable video
Spoiler alert: He doesn’t reach the end zone. Screenshot of Streamable video

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Crazy high school kick-return comes up 1 yard short after kicker saves day

By Pete Grathoff

pgrathoff@kcstar.com

October 07, 2017 01:47 PM

If you are one of those people who believes kickers only get positive attention after making a field goal, meet Cole Mericle.

Mericle is a kicker for the Lima Senior High School football team in Ohio. On Friday night, he made a field goal with 3 seconds to play to give his team a 25-24 lead against Toledo St. Francis de Sales, per LimaOhio.com.

With victory at hand, Mericle then kicked off and St. Francis de Sales attempted a five-lateral return that appeared to set up a miracle finish.*

*Bad pun, but I won’t apologize

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However, Mericle saved the day when the made a tackle at the 1-yard line to end the threat and the game.

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Cole Mericle kicks for the win then makes game-winning tackle! pic.twitter.com/cTPlmFH7Hi

— Lima City Schools (@LimaCitySchools) October 7, 2017

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff