The weekly ten best highlights from RivalsHigh TV's recap of national action is fantastic as usual, but this week seems to have a particularly slippery bent to it: In the top five clips (as unilaterally determined by Prep Rally's completely unscientific highlight rating methods), no one seemed to be able to tackle anyone with the football.
Sometimes the reason for that has everything to do with the skill of the players with the ball, and little to do with their opponents' trouble tackling, as you can see below.
The first play that stands out, quite naturally, is the touchdown gallop turned in by Cocoa (Fla.) High running back Antwan Lee at number 8. Lee proved both agile -- he leaped directly over a bundle of defenders, after all -- and resilient when he bounced off a prospective tackle to slide into the end zone. That's the first "slippery"-style reference of many you'll see below.
While Lee's run might be the most impressive of all the plays on the list, it's not the only one where tackles were mysteriously missed. In fact, the very next play on the list showcases Citra (Fla.) North Marion High receiver Latroy Pittman somehow eluding tacklers on the wing who have absolutely no business not wrapping him up. Let's just say he slipped through their grasp, shall we?
You can probably guess what we're going to bring up next. Play number four is all about the difficulty defenders have in tackling Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison High running back Lorenzo Collins, and while most of that is due to Collins' superhuman leg strength some of it comes down to his ability to slip through tight openings between defenders.
The same can be said of Kendall (Texas) L.D. Bell High running back Denelra Dorsett, who took a screen pass in from 36 yards out against famed Texas foe Euless (Texas) Trinity High, but did so after some slipping two different tacklers who had his feet. They actually had a foot, yet couldn't bring him down.
Perhaps those Trinity tacklers are just used to being given the slip by their own star back, Joel Kimpela. The Trojans back -- who entered Friday's game averaging an astonishing 10.6 yards per rush -- is certainly no stranger to elusive plays, as he proved by providing the next play on the countdown, taking a hand off to the end zone with the help of the rare double-stiff arm and nifty footwork to get around some low tackle attempts.
Are these plays the only top notch highlights from the weekend? Hardly. Yet they clearly do showcase some of the most impressive slippery moves Prep Rally has seen in one place in quite awhile.