It's a tried and true adage that ball carriers always need to keep fighting for yardage until they hear the whistle. Rarely has it proven more true -- or more valuable -- than when embodied by Ocoee (Fla.) High running back J.T. Bennett on this touchdown run against Wekiva (Fla.) High.
As you can see above, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel's SentinelVarsity.com, Bennett simply refused to fully go down, despite being penned in by two Wekiva defenders. While the sophomore back absolutely should have been brought down, he somehow rolled over both defenders, popped right back up on his feet and was on his way … even though he lost the team's videographer in the process.
The touchdown was a rare highlight in a 41-14 loss for Ocoee, but it will probably go down as a highlight of the entire season for Ocoee, if not the Orlando area in general. After all, it's not every day that a running back escapes not one but two sure tackles and the turf in one fell swoop.
Hopefully this won't be the last highlight we see of Bennett and Ocoee this year. The Knights have struggled to a 2-5 record a year after the team's 0-10 campaign, with Bennett averaging a respectable 4.5 yards per carry in a region loaded with top-tier running back speedsters, one of the team's relatively few marks of comfort to lean on.
Still, that touchdown is the lasting memory of Bennett's second varsity season, and the back will always be able to look back and know that he left a high mark for himself -- and other backs hoping to prove just how much determination they have -- to hit in future seasons.
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