Cameron Smith

InterTubing: Touchdowns, touchdowns and more TDs

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

It was about time we had an all-touchdown edition of InterTubing, don't you think? With that as a goal, here's the best scoring plays on high school football fields that have come to light over the past week.

Emery Coleman, Hatch Valley (N.M.) vs. Tularosa (N.M.): Tularosa may have got the last laugh in this game, but Hatch Valley's Emery Coleman got the best grab after he somehow pulled in this fourth down heave from Hatch quarterback Levi Silva.

Markeyus Johnson, Forrest County (Miss.) Agricultural vs. Poplarville (Miss.): We can't vouch for Johnson's speed -- those kind of things can be deceptive on tape -- but we sure can vouch for his elusiveness after watching these four scoring runs in a 47-27 win against Poplarville. Of the quartet, his final touchdown, which starts around the 0:47 mark, is by far the most impressive. He not only finds a way to slip by a gaggle of defenders in the backfield where he should have been tackled, he later high steps his way out of another stop inside the five.

Jonathan Williams, Allen (Texas) vs. Plano (Texas): You know that old saying about how one play from scrimmage can change a game? Well, that play was the first play in the matchup between Allen and Plano earlier this year, with Allen running back Jonathan Williams taking the first snap 80 yards for a touchdown.

• Tim Vianney, Raritan (N.J.) vs. St. John Vianney (N.J.): To be fair, this isn't the most amazing halfback pass play, we've ever seen, but it might be one of the most efficient. The entire touchdown scoring, 45-yard double-pass play took less than eight seconds, and all the aerial work was done within the first four. That has to be worth something, besides the requisite six points, of course. Yet, while SJV may have been caught off guard by this play, they still got the last laugh, pulling out a 20-19 win.

Travis Bernard, Valley Center (Calif.) vs. San Pasqual (Calif.): This touchdown carry might fall under the category of poor tackling as much as elusive running, but Valley Center running back Travis Bernard can do that to opponents sometimes. The shifty back not only slipped out of one arm tackle, he shedded another would-be tackler who appeared to have him wrapped up farther down the sideline on the way in to the end zone, too.

Little Rock Central (Ark.) vs. Russellville (Ark.): Well, they can't all be touchdowns. Even if some of them arguably should. This play looked like it would count for a Little Rock Central score, yet a miraculous tackle somehow kept the ball from crossing the plane of the end zone, or so ruled the referee. Your call? In the end, the stop didn't keep Little Rock Central from breaking its 25-game losing streak, as Central escaped with a 28-27 win.

• Bellaire (Texas) vs. any team: OK, we lied. This isn't entirely a touchdown list, because we had to work in this video. Evidently, this is how Houston's Bellaire High celebrates touchdowns, complete with a funky giant Cardinal mascot and some dudes in gingham shirts or jackets called "the birdkeepers". We have no doubt that there are plenty of weirder touchdown rituals, some which may even look more cultish than this, but the Bellaire birdkeepers have got to be on the list. In fact, if your school -- or another you've seen -- has stranger touchdown traditions, let us know about them via email or in the comments below.

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