Union football coach Rory Rosenbach had immense faith in his 2018 football team.
When the players pitched the idea of a reverse pass play to open a 4A state semifinal game against Puyallup, Rosenbach believed it would work.
Instead, it resulted in a loss of 11 yards, nearly gave the Vikings a safety and most importantly, the play ended with star receiver Darien Chase injured.
“The older you get, the more you think ‘Why do I listen to my kids?’ ” Rosenbach said in an interview earlier this week. “They had been talking about it for weeks and they absolutely screwed it up from the beginning.”
Union went on to fall behind 21-7 before rallying back to a thrilling 35-28 victory at McKenzie Stadium to a trip to the 4A state championship at the Tacoma Dome. There, they won the program’s only state title with a dominating 52-20 victory over Lake Stevens.
But because of that first play, the game script of the semifinal dramatically changed. With Chase, a two-way standout, on the sidelines most of the game, the Titans were forced to simplify.