The Penalty Play

Readers of this blog are probably well familiar with trick plays that the Carlisle Indians ran. There’s a new one that they didn’t run but would have if they had thought of it. The Penalty Play has aspects of the Dead Indian Play and the Hidden Ball Play with some more deception thrown in.

Driscoll Middle School of Corpus Christi, Texas was trailing rival Wynn Seale 6-0 late in the third quarter when the Wynn Seale defense was penalized five yards. It was then that Driscoll’s quarterback saw his chance to call the trick play the team had been working on prior to the game. Immediately after the officials respotted the ball, Driscoll quarterback Jason Garza told his center, in a voice everyone could hear, that the refs were going to mark off five more yards and to give him the ball. The center then handed the ball to the Garza who then casually stepped off several yards straight through the defense. When he cleared the secondary, Garza took off running for the goal line and outraced the defenders who belatedly figured out it was a trick.

While Garza did a great job of acting, his coach, Art Rodriguez, served as his foil on the sideline by barking commands to him and making animated gestures to help confuse the defense. The coach’s part in this ruse is visible on the bottom of the screen at the beginning of the clip. This play was picked up by the Today show and The New York Daily News. Rodriguez revealed that the play was the brainchild of assistant coach John Delosantos.

The play can be viewed without a commercial at

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One Response to “The Penalty Play”

  1. Tony Dawson Says:

    Hello, John and I served in the US Navy together back in the 70’s. How can I get in touch with him. I am putting together a reunion with some of the guys we served with. Any help that you can give me would be great. Thank you. My email is

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