Each week, the Battle Creek Enquirer sports department brings you video highlights from some of the area’s top high school football games.
The majority of what is shot ends up on the cutting room floor – but not these highlights.
Here are the Top 5 football highlights from the 2015 regular season:
No. 5: Bartlett off to the races
On Sept. 25, Harper Creek hosted cross-town rival Pennfield for an Interstate Eight Conference matchup. Dawson Bartlett provided a big spark in a 34-12 victory for the Beavers when he took a handoff, found a seem and turned on the burners for an 83-yard touchdown run.
No. 4: Downey defends goal line
In the season-opener on Aug. 27, St. Philip was tested early against a Morrice team that eventually made the 8-Player Football Playoffs. Morrice quarterback Jake Rivers broke loose for what looked like a sure touchdown, before St. Philip safety David Downey came flying in and forced a fumble at his own 1-yard line, resulting in a turnover as the Tigers went on to win, 65-32.
No. 3: Brown hesitates, scampers in for score
Hosting city rival Lakeview on Sept. 11, Battle Creek Central reached into its bag of tricks to pull off a 35-27 victory. Running back Daireo Brown took a quick handoff and stood still for a second or two as play action drew the Spartan defenders to the other side of the field. Brown then took off, found the corner and used his blocks downfield to score a crucial touchdown that helped make the difference.
No. 2: Bolden escape
Hosting an eventual playoff team in Parma Western on Sept. 3, Pennfield needed to find some momentum heading into halftime. They found some thanks to Parris Bolden. On his first snap from the quarterback position, Bolden swept left, danced his way around and fought through several defenders before sprinting free on his way to a dazzling 61-yard touchdown run.
No. 1: Settles spin-o-rama
In an Oct. 2 Homecoming game against Kalamazoo Central that was chock-full of highlights for Lakeview, none were better than the one running back Jay’Vion Settles provided. The box score read a 34-yard touchdown run, but Settles did a lot more than that – fighting through tackles, spinning and using his hand to stay upright before busting lose down the sideline for the score in a 47-0 victory.
HONORABLE MENTION: Coldwater’s Austin Krzeminski’s interception vs. Harper Creek; St. Philip’s Brayden Darr goes against the grain for touchdown vs. Waldron; Marshall’s Chris Upright goes airborne for touchdown vs. Harper Creek.
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