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Rogers earns Week 1 play-call of the week

VIDEO: Rogers reverse pass is Week 1 play call of the week

Rogers' Troy Johnston took a reverse pitch from senior Jordan Bishop, who then caught what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown when Johnston turned and found him open in the end zone in the Rams' 21-17 come-from-behind win over Todd Beamer
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Rogers' Troy Johnston took a reverse pitch from senior Jordan Bishop, who then caught what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown when Johnston turned and found him open in the end zone in the Rams' 21-17 come-from-behind win over Todd Beamer

ROGERS 21, TODD BEAMER 17

Play: Fake speed bronco left X reverse throwback

Set: Trips left

Down and distance: Second and 9, from the Beamer 19.

Time remaining: 4:30 in the fourth quarter

Score at the time: Beamer, 17-14

What happened: Don’t call him just a baseball player. Rogers senior wide receiver Troy Johnston, who is committed to Gonzaga for baseball, took a reverse handoff. All the while, quarterback Jordan Bishop slipped past the line of scrimmage and down the sideline. Instead of running, Johnston threw and found Bishop along the right sideline near the end zone for the game-winning touchdown against then-10th-ranked Beamer. “I was just thinking, ‘Don’t over throw, don’t over throw,’ ” Johnston said. The play, called by first-year offensive coordinator and former St. Louis Rams and Univeristy of Washington receiver Dane Looker, came after Rogers had trailed 17-0 after the first quarter. Johnston had caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Bishop in the second quarter to get Rogers on the scoreboard. “We had never practiced it before,” Johnston said. “But we pulled it off. I was hoping no one was blitzing and I wasn’t going to get blown up.”

t.cotterill@thenewstribune.com

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