It's usually hard to find the best high school plays of the week, as team videographers and fans often send their uploads to other fans and the teams involved before pushing them out for general consumption on YouTube and other outlets.
That's not the case anymore, thanks to RivalsHigh TV, which spends the weekend scouring some of the country's best games for the best touchdowns and defensive plays. In the third official week of the season, it dug up some doozies, primary among them a pretty spectacular, Cam Newton-like quarterback scramble by shifty Berkner (Texas) Richardson High quarterback Yeddiah Lewis in a game against perennial Texas powerhouse Southlake (Texas) Carroll High.
As you can see in the first play in the video above, Lewis found a way to make a play when there really wasn't anywhere for him to go. With little help along the offensive line, Lewis used his escapability to elude one would-be tackler, then fired off a desperation pass off his back foot as a second potential sacker closed in.
Amazingly, Lewis had a receiver waiting for him in space 20 yards down the field, with Fred White pulling in his quarterback's pass and scampering the final couple yards to tie up the game in the first quarter (Carroll eventually pulled away to win the game, 20-10, in the second half).
Of course, Lewis' acrobatic pass wasn't the only stirring score of the weekend. The senior who hopes to be Alabama's future quarterback, Allen (Texas) High's Alec Morris, connected with teammate Andrew Rodriguez on a beautiful -- and very deep -- touchdown pass, and Greenwood (S.C.) High wide receiver Spearman Robinson also pulled off what might be the best run-after-catch of the season to this point, turning a play which should have been a marginal gain into an instant highlight reel touchdown in his team's 28-16 victory against Dorman (S.C.) High in one of the Palmetto State's biggest faceoffs of the early season.
Still, the great plays weren't strictly turned in on the offensive end. As you can see in the clip below, there were plenty of opportunistic defensive highlights as well, none more impressive than the fourth in this reel, an interception return for the ages by Baltimore (Md.) Calvert Hall School's Da'quan Davis.
As you can see above, Davis, a West Virginia recruit, took what should have been an ordinary turnover and made it truly extraordinary, reversing field to get a block while retreating a good five yards, then slipping past multiple opponents to finally find a seam and sprint to the end zone.
Davis's heroics weren't alone, but they did stand out in a strong defensive highlight crop that also included another nice interception return and some heads-up thinking after bobbled snaps that created big swings in other key games.
Will any of these plays stand up as the best of the season? That remains to be seen, though Lewis, Robinson, Davis and company certainly provide an excellent crop of standards for the nation's top prospects to reach for.