Sure, the touchdown turned in by Chatham (N.J.) High against Hackettstown (N.J.) High was the clear headliner of the week, but that doesn't mean there weren't other impressive plays from across the nation. Just check out the bevy of video beauties below. Some are pretty hard to top, even if one New Jersey touchdown in particular managed to do just that.
• Paul Perkins, Chandler (Ariz.) vs. Mesquite (Ariz.): Chandler is off to another strong start, and Perkins has been a big part of that surge, adapting from his prior role as a defensive specialist at cornerback to become one of the team's offensive stars. His talent running the ball was never more evident than on this touchdown gallop, when he somehow kept his balance through a near complete pirouette en route to the end zone in Chandler's 34-0 rout.
• Alfredo Murtalla, Mendota (Calif.) vs. Orange Cove (Calif.): There are persistent running backs, and then there is Alfredo Murtalla, who simply refused to be dragged down, despite being handed this ball more than 35 yards away from the end zone. In the end he got there, even though he had to bring plenty of linebackers and teammates with them during his team's 43-14 victory.
• Kenny Potter, San Pedro (Calif.) vs. Los Angeles (Calif.) West Adams Prep: Of all the intuitive, ad-lib quarterback escapes we've seen this year, Kenny Potter had one of the best in San Pedro's season-opening win against West Adams. We're not quite sure how he avoided any of this bevy of potential tackles, let alone all of them.
• Shon Opp, Natomas (Calif.) vs. Liberty Ranch (Calif.): It's usually not a good idea to throw into double coverage, yet Natomas found a way to defy those odds in Liberty Ranch's 54-21 victory. We're not sure how Shon Opp eluded not one but two different would be tacklers on this video, but he did. Maybe Natomas should have looked for the tall speedster a bit more often? Based on the evidence of his touchdown grab, it couldn't have hurt his squad's odds.
• Budda Foster, San Pedro (Calif.) vs. Los Angeles (Calif.) West Adams Prep: Too often in high school football, tight ends are little more than glorified corner blockers. That's not the case for San Pedro, which loves to flick passes out to its larger receivers on the edges and watch them make plays. Foster made more than one man miss on this touchdown, which sewed up San Pedro's 27-7 win against West Adams Prep, a victory which happened to be the first in San Pedro's 2011 season but the 500th in school history.
• Dwight Reynolds, Charlotte (Fla.) Tarpon vs. Riverdale (Fla.): It's always fun to watch a kick returner turn a narrow alley into a highway to pay dirt, isn't it? If you have any doubts, just check out how Reynolds hits the crease, finds the sideline and never looks back on this return. Blazing speed can be a joy to watch.
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