When Fulton football player Zaevion Dobson sacrificed his life to protect two other students in an act President Obama called heroic, his twin brother Zach vowed to honor his brother’s legacy by excelling on the field. He didn’t waste any time in the 2016 season to live up to that pledge.
During the Knoxville school’s season opening 67-7 rout of Morristown-Hamblen East High, Zack Dobson turned in almost a season’s worth of highlights in a single night. The most notable was a 60-yard touchdown run which was eventually called back for a hold, with Dobson beating out the entire Morristown-Hamblen defense in a serious of juking, field-reversing maneuvers which eventually earned him a slow trot into the end zone.
You can see an additional angle of the jaw-dropping highlight directly below.
As it stands, that was just one of Dobson’s notable athletic moments, with the teen vaulting over another would-be defender on a kick return later. That play is the second one you see in the highlight reel at the top of this post, and a photo of Dobson in flight is directly below.
The Fulton crowd in attendance on Friday was already encouraged and exercised by a tribute to Zaevion Dobson, but Zack Dobson, a Middle Tennessee commit, truly took the game by the scruff of the neck, offering up a poignant tribute to his late brother: Not only was Zack wearing his brother’s former number, 24, his signature run from Game 2 also lasted exactly 24 seconds.