“Everyone was like, ‘Just act like you’re in practice; you do it every day,” said Lindberg after the game in between back slaps, handshakes and hugs from other players who also briefly hoisted him on their shoulders. “I kind of got a little stressed up from the last one I missed. But I kind of pulled together, just calmed down and then I just kicked it. But I couldn’t have done it without my whole team.”
That’s the beauty of sports: you can go from goat to hero in the blink of an eye or the kick of a leg. Lindberg’s extra point attempt with 33 seconds left in the third quarter was too low, leaving Deer Valley vulnerable with a slim 13-7 lead. Sure enough, Logan took a 14-13 lead midway through the fourth quarter with a touchdown and a good extra point kick.
Suddenly a game that had been a bit of a snoozer for most of its first three quarters turned into a thrill-a-minute explosion. Sean Combs, who is also a star sprinter for the track team, grabbed the Logan kickoff on the 10-yard line and ran it up the right side, leaving would-be tacklers in his dust, for a 90-yard touchdown.
Deer Valley then faked the extra point. Instead of going to Lindberg, the snap went to Mike Behr who threw to Tim Jefferies, who was alone in the far left corner of the end zone. And suddenly, in just 12 seconds of game time, Deer Valley was back on top, this time by the slightly more comfortable margin of 21-14.