ARLINGTON, Texas -- The play couldn’t have worked out more perfectly.
Denton Guyer lined up in a diamond formation and quarterback Jerrod Heard faked a handoff. Georgetown bit on the fake and its safeties stepped up to defend the run.
Ellis Jefferson blew right past the one covering him, and Heard lobbed a deep ball right over the middle to him. He hauled it in and nobody was stopping him.
Except for his left hamstring.
“And then I felt a cramp in my leg,” Jefferson said. “But I knew I needed to finish.”
He did indeed, taking Heard’s pass 71 yards early in the fourth quarter of the Texas Class 4A-1 state title game.
That proved to be one of the game’s most critical plays, and Jefferson was just happy he had enough left in the tank to finish his dash. Thanks to that touchdown and four more in the second half, Guyer knocked off Georgetown 48-37 for the state championship.
Jefferson, an Arizona State commit, played a big role in that win: Seven catches, 176 yards and two touchdowns. You can’t ask for a better finish to a high school career than that.
“This feels like a dream come true,” he said. “We’ve been talking about this since the summer time, and I’m so happy for my team and my senior class.”
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound wideout has been committed to Arizona State since July. He remains solid in his pledge and hasn’t been talking to any other recruiters.
Jefferson is set to take an official visit to Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 11 and is looking forward to what comes next once his college career begins.
“I’m real excited to go to ASU,” he said. “I look at their depth chart and know a couple seniors are graduating, so I think I have a big chance to start.”
For now, though, he’s going to take some time off to enjoy this state championship.
“I’m so excited we went out with a bang,” he said. “I know I’m going to remember this one big time.”