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Texas QB Sam Ehlinger: ‘It’s a Westlake thing’ on Nick Foles’ TD catch

Posted February 5th, 2018


On Sunday night, quarterback Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to an 41-33 upset victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. The six-year NFL veteran joined Drew Brees as the only two signal callers to win the Super Bowl from the same Texas high school. It instantly earned him legendary status at Westlake High School.

Even though Foles through for 373 yards and three touchdowns on the way to winning the game’s MVP award, the one play that stood out in the win was a play very similar around Austin. On fourth down at the Patriots’ one in the second quarter, Foles caught a touchdown pass from wide receiver Trey Burton who was running a reverse. It was Foles’ first pass reception since he was playing tight end at Westlake during his sophomore year.



Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger took to Twitter last night after he saw the play and thought it looked familiar:

The play occurred during Ehlinger’s junior year as Westlake marched to the state championship game in the 2015 UIL football playoffs. Ehlinger scored on the quarterback toss back in the Chaparrals 56-7 regional semifinal win over North Mesquite. A better look at that play:

Now, the play wasn’t nicked from the Westlake football playbook per Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich. During interviews after the Super Bowl last night, he stated that the team copied what the Chicago Bears ran last year and had planned to use it in the NFC conference championship game versus the Minnesota Vikings, but saved it for Sunday night.

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