June 21, 2022
Venice defensive end Damon Wilson (#11) makes an interception in the endzone for a touchdown in the first half. Venice High met Apopka High Saturday afternoon in the FHSAA Class 8 state championship at DRV PNK Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE – Was it a touchdown?

Or was it an incomplete pass?

Well, for the sake of the Venice High football team and star defensive end Damon Wilson, the play in the second quarter was ruled a touchdown.

And it turned out to be a back-breaker for Apopka High.

On a third-and-9 from their own 13-yard line, Blue Darters quarterback Andrew McClain dropped back to pass. Wilson stormed in from the left side, easily beating right tackle Dyson Hurburt. 

Wilson knocked McClain’s attempt in the air and the ball flickered toward the end zone. Having a sense of awareness and using his gifted athletic ability, Wilson caught the football while standing in the end zone. 

Nearly immediately, the ball was knocked out of Wilson’s hands. A side official ruled an incomplete pass, but the head official called it a touchdown and did not waver when the ball hit the ground. 

So, Damon, did you catch it and was it a touchdown?

“I think I did,” he said. “Everybody else didn’t think I did, but I think I did.”

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