High 5: A blazing return and two near-impossible INTs

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

Another week of terrific midseason football brings exactly what you'd expect: A strong crop of great plays from some of the nation's biggest games. With healthy distribution from around the country, an amazing forced fumble touchdown return from California and a versatile kickoff return weren't the only top plays turned in, even if those two that you've already seen certainly earned their spot at the top of this list.

As is always the case, there were five particularly impressive plays, excluding the deserving top 2 which have already been chronicled on Monday and Tuesday here and here.

Chandler (Ariz.) High had little trouble putting away Tempe (Ariz.) Corona del Sol, in part because of an outstanding scoring play in the Wolves' 49-7 rout. As ranked No. 7 by the good folks at RivalsHigh TV, uber-athlete Lloyd Mills brought back a kick after he should have easily been wrapped up for a short return, proving just how valuable elusiveness can be.

Yet another impressive play from Arizona showcased just how far speed can get a top notch player. That's all that Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley High running back Trae Armstrong was flexing as he took a handoff and blazed his way to the end zone on the left sideline during the Skyhawks' 41-34 win against Apollo (Ariz.) High, though he did get the benefit of one huge block from an unexpected source; his quarterback, Deer Valley star Auston Hillman.

Of course, Arizona didn't exactly have a monopoly on the best plays of Friday night. In fact, they didn't even serve up the most athletic plays, as Bergen (N.J.) Catholic High sophomore defensive lineman Garrett Dickerson showed with his grab at the No. 6 spot during Bergen's dominant, 30-17 win against Montvale (N.J.) St. Joe's Regional School. How Dickerson was able to get that high while being that nimble is a wonder ... and speaks volumes about just what a tremendous prospect the 6-foot-3 10th-grader could still become.

Incredibly, as impressive as Dickerson's pick-six was, it might not have even been the best interception of the weekend. Instead, that honor likely belongs to Saginaw (Texas) High cornerback Jalen King, who somehow found a way to pull in an interception while lying flat on his back during his team's 35-0 loss to Denton (Texas) Guyer High. If only King could have helped his teammates find the end zone, they would have really been in business; the Rough Riders forced an astounding six Guyer turnovers.

Of course, a strong week wouldn't be complete without a full-field touchdown return. This week's best was turned in by a North Carolina speedster, with RivalsHigh 100 riser Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek High defensive back Justin James taking an interception back 103 yards (a distance which set a school record) ... in only 13 seconds! That may not be a Usain Bolt time, but given the Bolt-like let-up James indulged in just before crossing the line during the Mavericks' 65-6 rout of Hopewell (N.C.) High, something tells Prep Rally he might have another second of speed in there somewhere in the future.

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