Scotlandville High offensive coordinator Marcus Randall knows it’s coming every time LSU plays Kentucky.
“Whenever LSU and Kentucky play, I get people from the media who call and ask about it,” Randall said. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years. I guess it’s a play that is part of the lore of both LSU and Kentucky. I’m proud to be a part of it.”
The “play” we all know as the “Bluegrass Miracle.” The Tigers were losing to Kentucky in Lexington when Randall launched a desperation pass that was caught by future New Orleans Saints receiver Devery Henderson, who raced into the end zone.
Kentucky fans had already spilled out onto the field to celebrate a win and were left standing in a state of shock. The play was nominated for the ESPY as the Top College Play.
Randall, now in his third year as an assistant to his brother, ex-Southern University quarterback Eric Randall, said he never saw the entire play until watching video highlights afterward.
“I didn’t see Devery Henderson catch the ball,” Randall recalled. “I didn’t realize we were going to win until I saw him cross the goal line.
“Now it’s surreal to look back at it. I’ve seen it hundreds of times. I didn’t realize how close the fans from Kentucky were to me. There were people right behind me on the field.”
These days, Randall is focused on a different level of football. The former Glen Oaks High quarterback went to LSU with every intention of graduating with an engineering degree.
That changed his junior year. Though he had chances to catch on in the NFL as a defensive player for a few years after completing his LSU eligibility, Randall knew he wanted to be a high school coach.
“When you think about it, I had some of the best coaches around,” Randall said. “Nick Saban was my head coach and Jimbo Fisher was my offensive coordinator. I knew the things they taught me made me a much better player.
“And I always wondered how good I could have been if I’d been able to learn some of those things when I was younger. I liked the idea of taking what I learned and teaching it to younger players.”
Instead of big plays like the Bluegrass Miracle his days consist of finding ways to prompt smaller miracles. Like helping players grasp a new offensive concept or helping to empower teens to make the right decisions on and off the field.
“I’m glad I made the decision to go into coaching,” Randall said. “I love teaching the game. Helping young men grow into the best adults they can be means more to me now.”
Mark Saltz, a former photographer at The Advocate, died suddenly on Friday, leaving a void for all of us who knew him.
Saltz loved to shoot all kinds of sports and brought humor and enthusiasm to each assignment he handled. Through the years, I worked with him as he shot countless high school events, including various state championships.
After she shot photos of the first half Friday night at East Ascension, staff photographer Heather McClelland told me she felt like “Mark was there with me” based on some of the photos she captured. I had to agree.
Hopefully, we can carry on that same enthusiasm Saltz had. It would be a fitting tribute.
The Plaquemine High baseball team seeks a preseason scrimmage.
Call PHS coach Scott Allen at (225) 202-5108 for details.
Walker High girls basketball player Baylie Stears has committed to Southeastern Louisiana University.
The 5-foot-11 Stears averaged 10 points per game for last year’s Walker team that finished 31-5 and advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals.
- Assumption High pitcher Kirstyn Torres signed with the University of Mobile earlier this month.