Cole Mericle already had done plenty for the Lima (Ohio) Senior High School football team on Friday night, kicking a 19-yard field goal with three seconds left to give the Spartans a 25-24 lead over Toledo St. Francis de Sales.
He wasn’t quite done saving the day.
Mericle’s tackle at the 1 after a number of St. Francis de Sales laterals on the kickoff snapped Lima Senior’s three-game losing streak and probably will send the former soccer player to viral fame.
“The coaches and the players had to keep tight and focused,” Lima Senior Coach Andre Griffin told Jose Nogueras of LimaOhio.com. “We panicked in the weeks before, but we didn’t panic this time.”