Ever wonder why football players spend so much time churning their legs while pushing tackling sleds? Well, this touchdown catch and run may provide some insight into precisely what comes out of all that work.
The player you see above is Rockwall sophomore wide receiver Cameron Crayton. With Rockwall facing off against Mesquite Horn at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, Crayton slipped away from a Horn defensive back and was hit right in stride by Rockwall quarterback Will Reed.
As it turns out, the catch was the easy part. While it initially looked like Crayton would slip away to the end zone without incident, Horn’s Payton Allen chased him down but couldn’t wrap the receiver up. Instead, Allen got a hand on Crayton’s jersey, assuming that he would be able to drag the Rockwall receiver down from behind.
Instead, Crayton kept churning, and churning, and Little Engine That Could’ed his way out of Allen’s grasp and right to the end zone for a critical Rockwall touchdown.
The long touchdown connection wasn’t enough to earn Rockwall an upset victory — Horn emerged with a 35-33 win — but it was good enough to land in any top play list, not to mention Rockwall’s best of the year reel.