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Lateral plays at the end of football games are often a desperate mess. This one during a Texas high school playoff game between St. Pius X and Dallas Bishop Dunne Saturday night was certainly that, but it was also much, much more.

Down 21-18 with three seconds left from their own 30-yard line, Pius embarked on a both sloppy and dazzling, 12-lateral play that seemed to involve every single member of the offensive unit.

It all started with a short 4-yard pass from quarterback Greg  Gunnell that a couple laterals later took the Panthers all the way into their own end zone.

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Finally, about nine laterals later, Pius player J.J. Jefferson found some daylight and took the ball to the Bishop Dunne 45-yard line before the ball ended up in the hands of fleet-footed Bryson Jackson, who outraced everyone over the final 30-yards for the apparent game winner.

Unfortunately, the miracle play was erased by a block in the back, leaving the Panthers within a hair of advancing to the State playoffs.