There were plenty more incredible high school plays from around the country over the prior week of football action, forcing the RivalsHigh TV folks into plenty of clip chopping to get to the best of the best highlights. Given the crop they came up with -- a few from some of the nation's biggest games -- it's hard to find too many faults.
As always, there were five in particular that stood out to Prep Rally, beginning with the first on the list, turned in by Madison (Ohio) High's Billy Skerkavich.
Actually, giving all the credit for the most magical of Madison's four touchdowns in the Blue Streak's 42-28 loss to Willoughby (Ohio) South High is a bit unfair, since so many different Madison players were involved. What eventually went into the score book as an eight-yard touchdown pass began as a handoff, involved two laterals and -- finally -- a nearly unobstructed trot into the end zone by Skerkavich. In terms of oddities, it clearly took the cake among the week's highlights.
Encino (Calif.) Crespi High knocked off Taft (Calif.) High in a one-sided, 56-7 rout. While there were plenty of scoring plays for the Celts, none were more fun to watch than mighty-mite Michael Davison's 55-yard punt return, which came in at RivalsHigh TV's number 5. Of course, Davison is always one of the most exciting players to watch, given his explosive speed and 5-foot-5 (cough, more like 5-foot, cough) size.
Allen (Texas) High, which entered as the top-ranked team in the country, needed every score it could get to hold off Plano (Texas) East High in a 42-38 dog fight. The most impressive of the plays that put points on the board, which RivalsHigh TV entered at number 3, was turned in by receiver Andrew Rodriguez, who somehow ducked under a surefire "rodeo tackle", then had the presence of mind to completely freeze a second oncoming tackler en route to a cakewalk toward the end zone.
Whether or not the number 2 play was really the second-best play of the week has everything to do with the context that surrounded it. Miramar (Fla.) High had no business beating Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Tomas Aquinas. Yet, that's precisely what happened, in large part because of phenomenal play from Miramar passer Cameron Houghton, who delivered a perfect 19-yard pass to streaking teammate Malcolm Lewis near the back of the end zone while being completely obliterated by an STA pass rush. Now THAT is composure.
As for the best play of the week, by now you've probably seen the untackleable heroics turned in by Shelby (N.C.) running back Brian Moss. If ever there was a top play selection that's hard to argue with, that might just be it, don't you think?
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