Maybe it is the fact that the Rio Olympics were held recently. Maybe it is the LeGarrette Blount effect. Whatever the case may be, the act of hurdling a defender has become vogue on gridirons across the country.
The latest and greatest example comes from Williamsport (Md.) High School senior Jake Arnone, who took a fake punt all but into the end zone during last Friday’s 49-0 win over Frederick High School.
On the play, Arnone’s teammate takes the snap, then option pitches the ball back to the play’s star. Arnone then takes the ball up the left sideline, clearing one Frederick defender with an incredible hurdle. From there, he breaks another tackle and nearly outruns his pursuers, carrying one toward the goal line before being brought down by another.
No touchdown, but a valiant effort nonetheless.
Wait, what’s that? It was called back?!
There is no justice in the world when such a majestic 76-yard run (ballpark) is called back. That hurdle, followed by the “Fee-fi-fo-fum” finish at the goal line happened – no matter what the box score says, or doesn’t say.