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Just Call Him Knute Rockhead
Rick Reilly
December 05, 2005
Okay, so you're 23, but you've still got the wheels, right? And you're way more ripped than when you played high school football, yes? Wouldn't it be cool if you could go back and play high school ball now?
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December 05, 2005

Just Call Him Knute Rockhead

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Okay, so you're 23, but you've still got the wheels, right? And you're way more ripped than when you played high school football, yes? Wouldn't it be cool if you could go back and play high school ball now?

Buck up, boy, you can!

All you have to do is get your bad ass to Houston's Texas Christian School, where the high school football coach is not a big stickler on the "high school" part.

His name is Herc Palmquist, and on Oct. 28 he dumped his 2-5 team and suited up college-age men instead. And still lost!

Seriously! Palmquist had his six-man football squad turn in its uniforms for "inspection," told the players their upcoming game was "canceled," gave the uniforms to eight high school graduates and ran them against a team from a charter high school in Austin.

Hey, you have your game plan, and Herc has his.

The opponents, Not Your Ordinary School (NYOS), had no idea who they were up against. But they knew something was odd right away, during warmups. "I looked over, and these guys were huge," recalls NYOS running back David Johnson, who stands 5'7". "One guy had to be 6'4", 250. Dude looked like Goliath. A lot of 'em had goatees and tattoos."

NYOS coach Tim Knetl remembers looking at Not Your Ordinary Opponents and thinking, What the heck do they feed 'em at this school?

At the coin toss the ref asked each captain what his school's team nickname was. The ringers were stumped. "Uh, Tigers?" one of them guessed, looking at the paw print on his helmet. Right!

Then Texas Christian went out and took its game to another level. Possibly because the team actually was from another level. Reportedly led by Palmquist's son, Jonny--a junior at Texas State in San Marcos who set a Texas high school record for most touchdown passes in a game (nine)--the, uh, Tigers? took an 18-0 lead.

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