Intentional safety a first in 20 years for Bobcat coach Mensing

Whiteford football coach Jason Mensing got to call a play he’d never called in 20 years of coaching high school football Friday night.

With five seconds remaining and Whiteford having the ball at its own 1- yard line, Mensing called timeout and told the team the plan – for quarterback Cole Giesige to take the snap, roll out into his own end zone, run out the clock and preserve the victory. It was an intentional safety.

“I’ve been thinking about that play since I was 10 years old,” he said. “That’s what you do when you grow up the son of a coach. You think about plays like that. I’ve never had the opportunity to call for it, but Friday it made perfect sense. It was the only play call that would guarantee our victory.”

Whiteford got into that situation because Giesige intercepted a Britton Deerfield pass with five seconds left at the 1 and the Bobcats leading 22-18. The safety made the final 22-20.

Whiteford improved to 3- 2 with the victory and might have clinched a home playoff game in the process.

Giesige started at quarterback for Whiteford as normal starting signal caller Shea Ruddy was held out for precautionary reasons. He’d been nursing a sore ankle and dressed and could have played, Mensing said.

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