September 16, 2010
In the annals of acrobatic high school football plays, Ashley Lowery's touchdown in last Friday's 45-18 White County (Ga.) High School victory over West Hall (Ga.) High might just be the most acrobatic of all.
Lowery, a running back and defensive back headed to Kentucky, saw an errant snap sail over the head of quarterback Cole Seagraves and instinctively went to snatch it up. As soon as he got the ball, he began directing blockers in front of him until he was faced with one final defender, mano-a-mano. That's when the magic happened.
Lowery didn't try to go around him. He didn't try to push past him. Instead, he took the up-and-over route, hurdling directly over West Hall defensive back Jacob Scarborough en route to a 33-yard touchdown run.
That wasn't the only highlight Lowery would produce, either. The future Wildcat finished with 118 yards and three touchdowns for the Warriors, who head to Oconee County on Friday.
"[Lowery has] the ability," White County coach Gregg Segraves told AccessNorthGa.com. "He ran hard, and I thought our offensive line played extremely well tonight. We moved some guys around, and they responded."
Still, it was Lowery's leaping gem that stole the spotlight in the game and quickly spread around the Internet. It probably doesn't hurt that Lowery's amazing play harkens back to the less successful vaulting attempt by then Houston Texans quarterback Sage Rosenfels you see below, as pointed out by sportscracklepop.com.
There's a lesson to be learned here: Maybe pro-style quarterbacks should leave hurdling of defenders to incredibly athletic running backs. That seems to work best.
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