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n. Football
1. An offensive play in which the ball is handed off or lateraled, sometimes more than once, behind the line of scrimmage, and then thrown as a long pass down field.
2. An offensive play in which a pass is thrown to a receiver who then laterals the ball to a teammate.
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a trick play in football in which a forward pass is followed or preceded by a lateral or hand-off.
[1925–30, Amer.]
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The decisive play was Georgias flea-flicker for a touchdown.
What happened: Oregon got two Aidan Schneider field goals sandwiching Freeman's fourth touchdown run to pull away for the victory.The big play: Herbert hit Johnny Johnson for 50 yards on a flea-flicker to set up Freeman's short TD run.Momentum swing: Oregon's Jalen Jelks sacked Tate on third and 20 to end Arizona's last realistic shot at getting back into the game.Beyond the boxscore: Oregon became bowl-eligible with its sixth victory of the season.
Midway through the second quarter, after a flea-flicker fullback option pass from Pace to Bryan Hayes that covered 41 yards to the Narragansett 25, Pace broke loose for the TD.
Now, another way to play football is to forget about the ball and instead use a Hasbro Neff Weather Blitz Flyer Disk ($5.99) for your passes, whether it be a button-hook, down-and-out, stop-and-go, post pattern, bomb, or flea-flicker. Featuring technology for enhanced grip, this weather-resistant and official-sized competitive flying disk weighs 175 grams (about six ounces) and has a 10 3/4" diameter, allowing for better throwing and catching.
The Dolphins earned their three touchdowns against Seattle with unconventional plays last week (a flea-flicker pass and two runs from the Wildcat formation).
When should a coach put the trick plays (flea-flicker, halfback pass, reverse passes, or the pressing defense) in his hip pocket?
It certainly opened things up for Taggart, who wouldn't have dared to call a double-reverse flea-flicker with Braxton Burmeister playing quarterback.
In the fifth-ranked Rams' 44-6 victory over Nipmuc Regional yesterday on Homecoming, O'Donnell helped break it open in the second quarter with a 34-yard pass to Phelan on a beautifully executed flea-flicker before hauling in a 45-yard TD pass from Phelan on Northbridge's next possession.
The reverse, the reverse-pass, the hitch-n-pitch, and the flea-flicker were all thought up when the gods were just a little too happy on sacrificial wine.
San Diego State was at its razzle-dazzle best on the opening drive of the game, employing a reverse, a flea-flicker and the jitterbug moves of 5-foot-9 sophomore running back Donnel Pumphrey, who polished off a 75-yard, eight-play possession with a 2-yard touchdown run.
But UMass responded with a flea-flicker, with running back Jordan Broadnax taking the snap and throwing a backward pass to Wegzyn, who then fired to Marken Michel (five receptions, 68 yards) in a play that totaled 56 yards and put UMass on the Indiana 19.
The other co-backup from the 2013 season, fellow redshirt sophomore Jeff Lockie, threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Austin Daich on a flea-flicker play in the third quarter to finish 7-for-12 with 121 yards.