Pickerington North may not win a 2014 Ohio state title, but it already has two of the season’s most unique touchdowns to its name thanks to a single momentous game.
Facing off against crosstown rival Pickerington Central, the Panthers got one of the more determined and athletic touchdown runs of the season from back Bralen Wilson. The teen took the handoff at his own 29-yard line, spun his way out of multiple tackles then took off on a touchdown run that included no fewer than six broken tackles and the entire Central defense in pursuit (they never caught him).
In most normal games, Wilson’s goal would have been a clear cut play of the game. Not in the Pickerington rivalry, where North pulled off an even more bizarre scoring play with the help of the Central defense.
In a play seemingly destined for the one-of-a-kind highlight reel, a North runner (likely Wilson, thought it’s hard to distinguish the number on the jersey) cut into the middle of the field and was enveloped by a defensive scrum. Somewhere along the line a Central defender stripped the ball before the whistle was blown to call the play dead, with the ball skyrocketing out of the scrum … and right into the hands of a North wide receiver along the periphery.
That receiver, Brandon James, was right on his toes, gathering the popped loose ball and sprinting for the sideline, where he cut upfield and scored a key touchdown.
In the end, neither play was enough to earn North a win, with Central eventually emerging as 30-23 victors … in overtime. No matter. It’s the North highlight reel which will be played for years to come.