About that hook and ladder…

by Paul Honda on November 24, 2012

Statting that play isn’t so simple unless you’ve memorized the latest football statisticians’ manual. Check out Section 3 (Forward Passing), Article 2. Cool stuff.

Wes Nakama raised a good question about the statistical breakdown of the hook and ladder play by Kahuku tonight.

I conferred with statistician extraordinaire Tom Yoshida at halftime about it, and the stat manual proves him right.

1. The passer gets passing yardage for the entire play.

2. The receiver gets yardage not to the point of where he caught the ball or lateraled the ball from, but from the point where the lateral man receives the ball.

3. The lateral man, in this case, Kawehena Johnson, gets credit for passing receiving yardage with no reception. (I miswrote earlier. Thanks for the correction, Sjarif.) 

So, Viliami Livai passed from the Kahuku 36 to Will Cravens at the Kahuku 49. Cravens lateraled to Johnson, who was at the 45 or 46 (I have to go check the video again). Johnson went all the way for a TD.

Livai gets credit for a 64-yard completion.

Cravens gets credit for a nine- (or 10-) yard reception.

Johnson gets credit for 55 (or 54) receiving yards.

Hope that helps for those of us who haven’t read a stat manual in ages. Or ever. I used to keep one in the bathroom. Makes great reading.

Paul Honda, Star-Advertiser

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