So it was a no-brainer when it came to calling a two-point conversion play in overtime against Fishers at Wayne High School.
“Our guys were begging for it,” said Snider coach Kurt Tippmann about the two-point try. “As soon as we scored, they all turned around and said, 'Two'. So, that wasn't my call, that was the kids' call.”
The Panthers lined up three yards away from victory and pounded the ball down Fishers' throat. The linemen fired off the line, Je'Norie Smith took the handoff and surged into the end zone.
Snider 36, Fishers 35, final in overtime.
Just a few minutes before, it appeared the Panthers' undefeated season was about to end. The Tigers were up 14 points with just over a minute to go, but a Brandon Phelps quarterback sneak pulled Snider to within 28-21 to give Coach Kurt Tippmann's team hope.
All still seemed lost just a few minutes later when the onside kick was recovered by Fishers. But again, Snider refused to surrender, forcing a three-and-out and conserving time on the clock with its timeouts.
After a bad punt, Snider got the ball at the 28-yard line with 56 seconds left. Three plays later, Phelps hit Quinton Daniels for the tying touchdown.
That is when the drama really began.
Fishers scored on just two plays to begin overtime. When Snider took over, there was no doubt what was going to happen if the Panthers were able to get into the end zone.
So after Smith scored from five yards out to bring the score to 35-34, Tippmann called a timeout to talk about what was to happen next.
It was unanimous.
“Obviously, we would not have gone (for two) if we did not agree with the players, but we wanted to do what they wanted to do,” Tippmann said.
As for the play call, it was either look for Daniels, the rangy wide receiver who Fishers had had trouble covering all night, on the outside, or go with simplicity and execution.
Enter the Run Blast.
The play engrained in Snider players' heads for years, the cornerstone of
what Snider has done forever offensively, proved to be the game-winner.
And a certain loss turned into an unlikely victory.
“We just wanted to run behind the big guys,” Smith said. “They said 'Run Blast' and we all had faith in the offensive line.”
No second thoughts at all in going for it, and no chance whatsoever in Snider failing to execute.
Fear the Run Blast.