Bamberg-Ehrhardt head football coach Robert Williams and his players have moved on to focus on this Friday night's SCHSL second-round Class 2A Lower State playoff game at Timberland.
But Williams and the Red Raiders will no doubt be talking about the Miracle in Mullins for many years to come.
It was the touchdown, as time expired, that gave B-E a 20-16 road win against the Auctioneers, and the chance to play another week.
Video of the play shared on social media has since gone viral nationally (more than 1 million views as of Wednesday night) and was named to last week’s ESPN Top 10 list of Plays of the Week.
Williams, B-E's second-year head coach, related that it was actually Red Raiders assistant coach (and his brother) Gene Williams who called the play, noting that “we don’t have a lot of trick plays, so that was one of the options we were going to do.”
Robert Williams, who was the longtime offensive coordinator at B-E before taking the head coaching job ahead of the 2018 season, said the team ran part of the play once last year and scored on it and ran it one time earlier this year.
“Basically, we throw it back to Bryce Chandler at receiver and we swing the quarterback out of the backfield, down the opposite sideline and he throws it back, that’s pretty much what we practice,” Robert Williams said.
Williams said he and his coaches told the team it was the last play of the game and they couldn’t get tackled, and if they were about to get tackled to throw it to someone else.
“Kavion (Tyler) had the whereabouts enough to follow (quarterback) Treyton Still down the middle of the field, and Treyton saw him and threw it back and Kavion made a couple moves and scored,” Robert Williams said. “So we do practice part of that play, but the kids improvised on the end of it.
”It was good, it was exciting.”
Tyler, the senior running back who scored the winning touchdown, was buried under a mountain of jubilant teammates and coaches.
”I was supposed to block, but once I saw Treyton running down the sideline, I usually run down to celebrate with the players that score, so I thought he was going to score," Tyler said. "I ran toward him and coach was like 'keep lateraling the ball and don’t get tackled.'
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"So once he (Still) saw me running down the field beside him, he just tossed it to me and I just ran into the end zone.”
Tyler said he really thought he was going to get tackled on the play, until he gave the Mullins defenders “a solid juke move” and reached the end zone.
Tyler said the B-E coaches have been coaching him up on avoiding contact.
"When you’re going through something like traffic, you’ve got to learn to dip your shoulders and avoid contact, and that has really helped me,” Tyler said. “It’s real cool that a little town like Bamberg and our football team - nobody really knows us like that, so to be on ESPN is real cool.”
Still, a junior quarterback, caught the only forward pass of the play on a wheel route out of the backfield from Chandler, a senior wide receiver.
It was Still's lateral back to Tyler that kept the play going up the middle of the field.
”Down by two points, everybody on the sidelines was upset, we told them not to give up," Still said. "K.G. (Tyler) comes up to me and said 'if you catch it and get close to being tackled, throw it back, we’ve got to do something.'
"I caught the ball, not knowing who’s coming up the middle. "We practice half the play every week, we practice the wheel route (part), but we don’t practice me throwing it back. It happened and I’m astonished.”
Still replaced injured starting senior quarterback Hunter Bridges near the end of the regular season, and said he decided not to jump on the pile of his teammates in the end zone during the postgame celebration.
Chandler said he was thinking last Friday night’s play might have signaled the end of his high school football career.
"I thought it would be my last play, to be honest with you," Chandler said. "I tried my best, I just threw it and everything played out to be the way we planned it in practice.
"But sometimes in practice it doesn’t work and that’s the thing. I guess God was with us. That pass back across the middle wasn't planned at all. But it worked out."
Chandler said he was “shocked” to see the play make the ESPN Top 10 List.
“Everybody was sending it (the video link) to me and they were all shocked that Bamberg was on the map," he said. "It’s crazy, I’ll never forget that play.”
Now, the Red Raiders (8-3) will play at Timberland (8-2) in St. Stephen on Friday at 7:30 p.m., looking to make more great memories. Perhaps this time the big plays will come before the final seconds of the game.