Throughout school soccer’s Rivalry Week, you typically see groups dig deep into the darkness of their playbooks. Trick performs, loopy formations, and extra are staples throughout Rivalry Week.
That was actually the case from Clemson towards South Carolina.
On this 12 months’s installment of the Palmetto Bowl, the Gamecocks discovered themselves down 16-7 after a Clemson security. South Carolina teed the ball up for the following free kick, and the Tigers had one thing prepared for the following return.
The muddle huddle.
Mitch Jeter’s kick drifted all the way down to the Clemson ten-yard line, the place returner Will Shipley had settled below the soccer. Shipley raced upfield to the Clemson 17-yard line, the place he joined a circle of Tigers who have been ready for him.
It was time to cover the soccer from the South Carolina kickoff staff.
After the temporary huddle, Shipley raced to his left, the place there was a South Carolina participant ready to try to sort out him. The issue for the Gamecocks? Shipley didn’t have the soccer.
As an alternative, it was within the arms of Phil Mafah, who reduce in the direction of the opposite facet of the sector. Simply when it regarded like Mafah had put collectively an amazing return for the Tigers, he not had the soccer:
Did he try to throw this ahead?
It actually seems to be prefer it from that angle, and much more so from this replay angle:
Making issues worse? Not solely did the Gamecocks get well the free ball, however they scored a landing on their ensuing possession to chop Clemson’s result in 16-14.
Clemson’s muddle huddle return was a lovely catastrophe.
Excellent for Rivalry Week.