Trick play sews up Hockinson’s first state football title as it beats Tumwater for 2A crown

Sawyer Racanelli scores on a 48-yard reverse to seal the deal for the Hawks, who won 35-22.

TACOMA — Clinging to a five-point lead and in possession of the football with just over three minutes left in the game, Hockinson offensive coordinator Josh Racanelli knew it was time.

So, did the Hawks coach Rick Steele. He got a little tingling feeling inside. That’s what happens when Racanelli calls for Second-Man, Z-Reverse.

Sophomore receiver Sawyer Racanelli, son of the offensive coordinator, executed the plan to perfection on the reverse, jetting 48 yards for a touchdown, and unheralded Hockinson slammed the door on Tumwater for a 35-22 victory on Saturday morning in the Class 2A state-championship game in the Tacoma Dome.

“It’s crazy because talked the entire game, starting in the first quarter, about running that play and we were trying to set that play up,” Sawyer Racanelli said after hauling in 12 passes for 135 yards and two TDs. “Catching touchdowns is fun, but running touchdowns is super fun too. It was set up perfectly and we just talked about it being there the entire game. Eventually we ran it.”

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Racanelli, who has 27 receiving TDs this season, which ranks fourth in state history, turned the corner on the reverse and found another gear to step away and give the Hawks (14-0) a 28-16 cushion with 2:58 to play in the game.

It’s hard to fathom that the Hawks’ biggest offensive play of the game came via the run as it’s a team with a spread offense that primarily avoids it. It came with some trickery as quarterback Canon Racanelli handed off to Matt Henry going right and Henry tossed to Sawyer Racanelli, who was behind him headed left. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound receiver turned the corner with a head of steam and weaved through traffic to find the zone.

“I told (Canon) at the beginning of the year every game could be our last game once we get past the ninth game,” Sawyer Racanelli said. “And so finishing on top, always playing younger ball and winning championships together, this is by far the best one.”

Said Steele: “We knew if we could get ahead a ways, they can’t score too quick moving that ball three or four yards a pop.”

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