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They call it "The Wrecking Ball."

That's the name of the fake extra-point attempt devised by Sherwood head coach Greg Lawrence and staff.

Sherwood (Ore.) is 9-0 and has outscored opponents 554-96 on the season. Lawrence and his assistant coaches are constantly on the lookout for ways to keep his kids engaged and having fun.

"We have 32 seniors," Lawrence told MaxPreps on Monday. "We're trying to get of them in on special teams. We've been winning most games. We've been crushing everyone, so we've been trying to find things to make it fun for the kids."

Sherwood called for The Wrecking Ball early on Friday night, after the team's first touchdown, so as not to show up Putnam with the game already out of hand.

The Wrecking Ball calls for the team's 5-foot-5, 240-pound kicker, Martin Layna, to take the snap directly.

Layna is supposed to charge ahead, and just before crossing the line of scrimmage, loft the ball up to the team's 6-11 tight end, Jordan Kurahara.

Before the team attempted the Wrecking Ball in a game, Sherwood added one additional wrinkle.

"One of our other senior linemen asked if he could come off like a monkey, pick the tee up, and hop off the field like a monkey," Lawrence said. "Our special teams coach said 'Sure, why not? Let's do it.'"

The play went off without a hitch, as senior lineman Ryan Jurgens grabbed the tee and distracted the defense by hopping off the field like a monkey.

That allowed Layne to throw a perfect spiral to Kurahara for perhaps the most unusual two-point conversion ever.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it's not the first trick play Sherwood has attempted.

Check out their unique two-point conversion from a Week 3 matchup against Hermiston.

Sherwood heads into the Class 5A playoffs as the top-ranked team in the MaxPreps Computer Rankings.