There are always plenty of impressive touchdowns featured in RivalsHigh TV's top-10 plays of the week, but the Week 9 crop featured a few less traditional highlights, including at least one play which can only be described as very special special teams play.
That play comes in right at the start of the countdown, with Sunrise (Ariz.) Mountain High kicker Ryan Hawkins' 59-yard field goal in a loss to Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus High slotting in at number 10. While Hawkins' epic make would be worthy of any countdown -- after all, how often do you see a high school kicker hit a field goal from beyond 50 yards -- the real magic of this boot came in just how easily it had the distance it needed. Hawkins' cleared that 59-yard kick by at least 5 yards, if not 10! That's incredible by any standard.
Of course, that field goal wasn't the only non-offensive play that stood out from an impressive weekend crop of plays. Of all the others, Gardena (Calif.) Serra High's Malik Robinson may have made the most noise, with one of the biggest hits you'll ever see coming in as the number 3 play of the week. The hit he delivered against a La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis Prep return man during Serra's 41-14 win was so powerful that it sent his helmet flying yards away.
If Robinson's hit was the most noisy play, Hammonton (N.J.) High defensive lineman Max Valles' star turn may have been the most athletic play, which was ranked No. 2 by RivalsHigh TV. Not only did Valles read Pleasantville (N.J.) High's option, he actually reacted to it quicker than the Pleasantville running back, completely stealing the ball and trotting into the end zone unencumbered en route to a shocking score. Needless to say, that was the standout play from Hammonton's latest win, a 58-2 whitewash of Plesantville.
Don't worry, there were plenty of impressive traditional touchdowns, too. Chief among them was the play turned in at number 6, where Austin (Texas) Lake Travis High running back Varshaun Nixon beat the same Leander (Texas) Rouse High defender not once, but twice on a touchdown run which was equal parts resume-builder for Nixon and embarrassment for the Rouse player who will remain nameless. That was just one of a host of impressive runs for Nixon, who broke through the 200-yard threshold in Lake Travis' 62-19 win.
Not to be outdone, the most enjoyable play of the weekend may have been the least notable of the five pulled together here. Coming in at number 8, ladies and gentlemen, let's hear it for Butch Pound, who -- get ready for the pun -- pounds the ball down his opponents' throats. On Friday, the Anaheim (Calif.) Servite High star pounded it past the JSerra (Calif.) High defense by lowering his shoulder and delivering a boom during Servite's 42-14 win, proving once again (as noted by RivalsHigh TV's Sam Farber) why he might be a perfectly personified onomatopoeia.
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