AUSTIN, Texas — Midway through the third quarter of Westlake's 6A state championship game against Southlake Carroll, Michael Taaffe caught the attention of many with his acrobatic one-handed interception.
“It would be a cool story to be like, ‘I just dream and pray that this game out of all the games I’m going to make a great play,’ but that’s not true,” Taaffe said. "It came my way and I made the play, but it would be super selfish and just wrong, just factually wrong if I said, 'I did this [by] myself.'"
It was one of two interceptions for Taaffe on the evening, and he took home the game's Defensive MVP Award for the second year in a row.
The play was so impressive that it caught the attention of the folks at ESPN. Taaffe's interception was the No. 1 play on the network's flagship program, SportsCenter.
Taaffe's interception helped turn the momentum en route to Westlake's second straight state championship, where the Chaps defeated the Dragons, 52-34. MaxPreps ranked Westlake the No. 1 team in the state and the No. 3 team in the nation after the championship win.
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