Over 45 years ago, Roger Staubach closed his eyes and said a Hail Mary.
He threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Drew Pearson with 32 seconds on the clock to lift the Dallas Cowboys to victory in the 1975 playoffs, forever immortalizing the Hail Mary play.
Forty-five years later, Lewisville quarterback Ethan Terrell took a play from Staubach’s book and did the same before throwing a 40-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to wide receiver Kye Stone on the final play of the game to defeat Hebron.
“We almost got a delay of game [penalty] because Ethan prayed before he took the snap,” head coach Michael Odle said, recalling that Terrell snapped the ball with one second on the play clock.
Terrell said he prayed to come out on top. Lewisville was trailing 35-31 at the time, the play clock was winding down and there were four seconds left in the game. Just enough time for one last play to clinch a share of the 6-6A title. He asked for a miracle.
“And it was answered,” Terrell said. Lewisville won 37-35.
Stone caught the pass near the five-yard line, hooked around to the 10 and took two hits before crossing reaching the end zone. All Stone heard after crossing the goal line were his teammates screaming his name as they threw off their helmets and rushed toward him.
“When I saw Kye catch it, it was surreal,” Odle said. “I saw it like it was slow motion.”
Many athletes, like Terrell and Stone, dream of hitting that buzzer-beater, a walk-off grand slam, or in this case a game-winning Hail Mary touchdown pass. Terrell said living it was better than anything he could dream. Stone added that it’s a memory that’s going to rank No. 1.
“This is number one, especially because I got to see my family. They flew here all the way from Washington to come watch me play that game,” Stone said. “For me to do what I did, it was just a great feeling.”
The win helped Lewisville avoid playing five-time state champion Allen in the first round of the playoffs. Lewisville (9-1) will instead host McKinney Boyd (8-2) at 7 p.m. Friday at Goldsmith Stadium.
“If you’re in 6A-DI, you’re going to face a giant whether it’s in the first round or the second round,” Odle said. “If we would have won and played Allen, so be it.”
Find more high school sports coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
Sign up for our FREE HS newsletter