High School Football Player Caught Game-Winning Interception And Then Had It Snatched Away To Lose State Championship

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Oh man, I can only imagine the pain this kid is feeling.

Eastside Catholic and Yelm High School squared off Dec. 3 for the ring in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) 3A state high school football championship, with Yelm landing the 20-13 victory in incredibly dramatic fashion.

With just 52 seconds left on the clock, and top-seeded Yelm down 13-12, quarterback Damian Aalona threw an interception into the hands of Eastside Catholic defensive back Tyson Weaver, which effectively was going to win the game for the Crusaders.

And then, it happened: Instead of a game-winning interception for Eastside Catholic, Tornados wide receiver Kyler Ronquillo quickly came in literally as soon as Weaver intercepted the football, swiped it away from him in speedy motion, and then took it to the house 28 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

Dude, I feel so sick for Tyson Weaver. Imagine being that kid.

For a very brief moment, he was going to be the hero who made the game-winning interception to give his teammates state championship rings. And then — quicker than the blink of an eye — you become the guy who let a player swipe the football away, easily at that, to lose the state championship game for your entire team. (RELATED: Eighth Grader Trent Seaborn Leads Thompson High School To Alabama 7A State Championship)

That’s rough, especially for a high school kid to handle, and with him being in the Class of 2024, he’s either 15 or 16 years old. I couldn’t imagine what he is feeling right now. I know I’d be outright sick.

I just hope everybody at school goes easy on him, because as a fan and/or member of the school, it’s easy to be mad at something like that. And knowing me and how I am with sports, I would have talked mad trash if I was a fan — I wouldn’t have been able to handle myself.

Rough, just rough.