Calvary Chapel linebacker Jake Guild’s run to glory last Saturday was 80 yards away . . . but the wrong way.
With the Eagles holding a 13-0 second-quarter lead on a rainy night at Orange Coast College, Guild first tipped a La Verne Lutheran pass, then spun around to catch the loose ball at the La Verne Lutheran 20.
Then, slightly disoriented and seeing only open field between him and an end zone, he bolted for it.
“I was in disbelief,” Calvary Chapel Coach Kris Van Hook said. "(The coaches and players) were all running down the sidelines trying to get his attention, but he was too focused.”
Van Hook said several La Verne Lutheran players chased Guild before realizing he was running the wrong way. Guild also beat his teammates to the goal line, where officials whistled the play dead immediately, awarding La Verne Lutheran a safety.
“Jake was still pretty confused when he first came off the field,” Van Hook said.
Guild played the rest of the game with a vengeance, helping the defense force 10 turnovers to earn co-defensive player of the game honors.
The safety turned out to be the only points Calvary Chapel allowed in a 46-2 victory, and they are the only points the Eagles (6-1, 3-0 in the Arrowhead League) have allowed during league play.
“Now, all the coaches and players are kidding him about (the wrong-way run), but he’s been great,” Van Hook said. “I told him the best thing to do is just enjoy it now.
“Of course I’ve seen film of Roy Riegels’ wrong-way run in the Rose Bowl hundreds of times, and I heard that (the Minnesota Vikings’) Jim Marshall did it, too,” Van Hook said. “But I’ve been coaching since 1973, and I’ve never seen one like this.”