But it was a last-second field goal as time expired in the half that was maybe the most impressive play he made.
NHS took possession with under two minutes left in the half and drove the ball to Moore’s 36-yard line before spiking it with just a second left on the clock, setting up Hockett for a 46-yard kick. It was his second attempt at that distance on the night, with the first one coming up about five yards short after a bad snap disrupted his rhythm.
There would be no mistakes this time, at least not from Hockett’s end. It was another low snap, but holder Levi Fredrickson corralled the ball and got it down in time for Hockett, who nailed the kick with room to spare. It gave the Tigers a 17-10 lead at the half, a momentum-grabber that NHS would carry into the second half.
“For him to make that kick, it was huge for us and it was a great play all around,” coach Greg Nation said. “Levi did a great job getting the ball down, and having a player like Hockett who can make that kick is huge for us.”
Rules clarification from NHS game: One of the more head-scratching moments from Friday’s NHS-Moore game came in the second quarter on a botched field goal.
The Tigers’ Matt Hockett missed a 46-yard field goal, and the ball landed in the back of the endzone, where Moore’s Evan Sprayberry fielded it and began to return the ball. After several confused seconds, the rest of the players on the field responded, but it was too late as Sprayberry used a few blocks to go 110 yards for what appeared to be a touchdown. Officials declared the play a touchdown before huddling for several minutes to discuss, leaving the stadium in confused silence.