Smithville middle school team receives national attention for trick play

SMITHVILLE — A Smithville Middle School football team recently pulled off a nifty trick play to garner national attention.

Calvin Steffen was on the receiving end of a short and quick behind-the-back pass from Ayden Ambroson on a two-point conversion try during an eighth-grade Warriors’ victory Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Ambroson, son of Smithville High School football coach Jason Ambroson, received the snap in the shotgun formation, took one quick step to his right and whipped the ball behind his back and into the arms of Steffen, who had crossed in front of Ayden headed to the left after being lined up in the slot on the right side of the line of scrimmage.

With the defense fooled, Steffen only needed to avoid a cornerback on his way to the short conversion run.

A video of the play was posted to Twitter by Smithville coach Adam Roske. It has nearly 8,000 views, been retweeted 21 times and liked nearly 100 times.

The video reached ESPN as it was promoted to its SportsCenter Twitter account and was used on the network's program Highly Questionable on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at or 389-6643.​

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