Earlier this year, Heritage Christian (Ind.) High hosted Cardinal Ritter (Ind.) School in a huge Class 2A matchup. The game didn't live up to expectations, largely because Heritage's offense couldn't keep up with high-powered Cardinal Ritter, but for at least one play, the Heritage offense stole the show.
The star of the clip you see above is Heritage sophomore receiver Anthony Warrum, arguably the Eagles' most explosive player. He showed that electricity on this 50-yard, cross-field run after catching a simple screen pass, but he eventually ran out of time and was cut off by Cardinal Ritter defenders who had a better angle on the play.
That's when Warrum pulled off one of the best quick-thinking plays of the year, lateralling the ball back to teammate Brendan Burke as Warrum was in midair being pushed out of bounds. Burke traveled the final 3 yards to the end zone as a repayment for running down the field in an attempt to help block for Warrum.
The touchdown probably meant a lot more for Burke, too. While Warrum reached the end zone 14 times this season, Burke only scored on this play, which is about what you'd expect for a lineman. Given that the two-way starter was a senior, that was a heck of a way to build a lasting memory.
Of course, Warrum deserves the credit for his quick thinking and field vision, even if it came a little too late to keep Heritage Christian in its game against Ritter.
- Brendan Burke