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InterTubing: The mysterious origins of great plays

Cameron Smith
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There's good news and bad news about this week's InterTubing list. The good news: Some of this week's viral video gems are absolutely amazing, to the point of being almost unbelievable. The bad news: More than one of them are also completely impossible to track down additional information for, which forces us to go on faith that they really happened, and really happened this year, as is alleged. Lets just say that we're full of faith in the integrity of YouTubers lately ... or just so impressed by some of the clips that are emerging that we think they should be seen regardless of origins.

Matt Stevenson, Hammond (Md.) High vs. Southern (Md.): This catch was the pick of a strong litter of impressive plays from Hammond's playoff win over Southern of Anne Arundel County. Still, the context in which it happened made the catch even more impressive. Trailing by a point with just less than six minutes left, Hammond marched 79 yards down the field, using every second of the clock to score with no time remaining, as you can see at the end of the second clip below. All of which made Stevenson's catch that much more important ... and impressive.

Luke Gassman, Flandreau (S.D.) vs. Mobridge-Pollock (S.D.): If better video of this grab existed, trust us, we'd have it all over the place. Instead, we have to settle for this clip, which was filmed off a PBS broadcast of the South Dakota Class 11B state championship game. The poor video quality is worth it, as you can see when Flandreau wide receiver Luke Gassman not only pulls in a miraculous tipped catch in the end zone, but does so to win his school's first state title with just 13 seconds remaining.

Jeff Stagnaro, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (Ohio) vs. West Jefferson (Ohio): The Eagles' season-ended at the hands of the second-seed in Division V Region 20 semifinals, but that wasn't because of a lack of effort from wide receiver Jeff Stagnaro, who came down with this diving touchdown catch to keep CHCA in the game.

Christian Baker, Holliston (Mass.) vs. Medway (Mass.): 2010 was the first year the Tri-Valley League held a football playoff, and the Panthers weren't afraid to dip into their bag of tricks to land a huge, 33-14 win over conference rival Medway. On this play, wide receiver Adam Camilli took the ball on a reverse and then stopped short of the right corner, pulling up for a perfectly placed pass into the breadbasket of fellow receiver Christian Baker, who took the ball in for a 56-yard touchdown reception.

• Some lucky punt returning at some high school, somewhere: Here's one of those clips we just can't place for the life of us, but it's a heck of a watch nonetheless. Of all the lucky punt bounces, there can't be many better than the one that had a ball bounce right into the hands of this alert return man, can there?

Jaborian McKenzie, Wilkinson County (Miss.) Christian Academy: We don't like to use highlight reels, but McKenzie's interception and return to start this video was impressive enough to sway us. It certainly helped us understand why LSU has checked in on the sophomore, who already has recorded a 4.59 40-yard dash.

• Some player named Evan at some high school, somewhere: Here's another "going on faith" clip, amazingly from the same school that brought us our lucky punt return. Yet this play has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with perseverence, with a wide receiver ripping a ball away from two defensive backs in the end zone for a touchdown. It's the kind of play you see every now and again, but it's pretty rare that a receiver outwrestles multiple defenders on the same play, or so we thought.

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