ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - Alexandria's football team brought home a win on Friday, Sept. 7, with an unlikely play and a game-winning field goal.
The game, against Sartell-St. Stephen, featured crazy plays and creative calling by the Cardinals to reach the final score of 17-16.
What will likely be the most unlikely touchdown of the season for the Cardinals came when Alexandria was trailing 16-7 in the fourth quarter.
On third down from the Sabres' 6-yard line, a snap from center sailed over junior quarterback Matthew Carlsen's head. He chased after it, scooping the ball up almost 15 yards down field before rolling toward the left sideline. Carlsen threw the ball on a line toward the back of the end zone. It went right through the hands of the Sabres' Derrick Olson before falling into the waiting arms of Alexandria's Evan Lattimer for the touchdown.
"When I was going back, I took a peak over my head to see where to go," Carlsen said. "I picked it up and tried to get around a guy and saw a couple guys open in the end zone. I just threw it up to them, which was probably a risky throw at that time of the game, but we got lucky and it worked out."
The play got the Cardinals a little national attention. The video was tweeted out on the echo_sports Twitter account. By the end of the night, ESPN's SportsCenter Twitter account got permission to use it and had tweeted out the video to its 35.2 million followers.
The video had over 300,000 views as of Saturday afternoon.
That attention was made even sweeter for the Cardinals after senior kicker Zach Wosepka's 32-yard field goal secured the win with 1:58 left on the clock.
In comfortable weather conditions like Friday, Wosepka said he is confident kicking from anywhere near the 20-yard line. He was set up on the 15 and had plenty of leg.
"Last year, I wasn't as ready I don't think, so we didn't really go for any field goals," Wosepka said. "I think I proved myself throughout the summer and the first few weeks of the football season that I can make these field goals for the team in these dire situations. I'm just glad I got the opportunity to show off my skills a little bit."
There are things for the Cardinals to work on, but a win is a win. Alexandria found a way to get it done with some creativity and good fortune.