You never know what might change the entire outlook for an athlete, it could be something as simple as a routine, short pass reception that gives them a whole new outlook on the game.
In the case of Lawton High School's Ethan Young, it wasn't even a long touchdown bomb, it was a six-yard completion that turned into a score because Young "did what he had been taught to do."
The play came early in the second quarter of Friday's key District 6A-4 contest against Putnam City West with the Wolverines owning just a 7-6 lead. After moving downfield on its next drive, LHS found itself in a key third-and-goal at the PCW 6-yard-line.
When the play call came in from the sidelines, Young knew just what he had to do and that was to be somewhat of an actor. He had to act like he was blocking, then slip unnoticed into the flat and wait for things to develop. It was a play that LHS practices a good deal, only with the injuries to the starting quarterback and tight end, you never know how well the play will work under game conditions.
But, when quarterback Jack Meservy faked the stretch play to the left side and tucked the ball by his side and rolled right on a bootleg, a host of West defenders bought on the fake and left Young wide open. Meservy finally showed the ball and quickly fired a rope to the senior, who caught the ball cleanly and then turned and raced those precious six yards to score, splitting a pair of defenders near the goal-line.
"It was really exciting," Young said. "You practice all that time to be involved in something like that and then when it happens it goes by so fast you don't have time to think much about it. I just knew that I had to catch the ball. I saw those guys but I wasn't going to let them stop me."