Here’s the final tally of an amazing comeback that took all of five minutes in a Minnesota high school state football game:
- Three recovered onside kicks
- Four touchdowns
- One two-point conversion
Perhaps most astonishing of all: It was all done in a 5-minute span. St. Michael-Albertville trailed Edina 28-0 midway through the fourth quarter of Friday’s game, but the Knights ended up winning 29-28.
“I’ve got a couple guys on the staff who have coached for a long time and they said they’ve never seen anything like it,” St. Michael-Albertville coach Jared Essler told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We’ve got another week to practice together. It’s a chance to build on this excitement.”
The Star Tribune noted that the Knights scored their first touchdown on a 4-yard run by Desean Phillips with 6:32 left in the fourth quarter. They then recovered three consecutive successful onside kicks and scored touchdowns after each. The final touchdown came with 1:31 to play.
Essler told the Star Tribune he started to believe when his team got the second onside kick.
“Once we got that kick, I knew it would get really interesting,” Essler said. “And if we scored then, I had it in my head to go for two. And we did. We got the two-pointer by about 3 inches. I felt like we needed to keep the momentum, keep up the pressure.”
You can watch the highlights and the onside kick recoveries in the video above.