#HSSTop10: Top high school football plays in Week 2

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#HSSTop10: Top high school football plays in Week 2


#HSSTop10: Top high school football plays in Week 2


More and more teams are playing.

You want to see great catches? Recognition for blocking? A walk-off pick-six? We’ve got you covered in this week’s top 10 high school football games.

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10. Short-term memory

For context: Ricky White dropped what should have been a go-ahead touchdown against No. 11 St. Joseph’s Prep 50 seconds earlier. He made up for it with a ridiculous catch around the helmet of a defender, and then this game-winning grab.

Also, note quarterback Harrison Bailey just barely evading four-star linebacker Jeremiah Trotter. Great play all-around.

9. Perfect throw, perfect catch

Grace Brethren (Simi Valley, California) upset Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, California), and this was one of the best plays of the game. Mikey Zele dropped a dime into the hands of Nate Bennett, who caught it with a defender in his face. He even held on through an injury.

8. Interception through the hold

Sometimes, committing a penalty is just something you have to do. Interception coming? Just make sure the defender doesn’t get it.

Didn’t quite work here. DB Noah White had enough skill in one hand alone.

7. With a little help from my friends (opponents)

It’s pretty devastating as a defender to know that you had strong coverage, but the receiver used your body to help him grab the ball.

Josh Gaton made the wild catch and scored.


Watch the video, and look at the reaction of Josh Alford (No. 1, on the sideline) on the sideline around the 0:16 mark. We can’t say anything his face doesn’t.

5. Big man touchdown, little man blocking

Normally, G/DT Elliot DeGroote does the blocking and WR/SS Joey Hobert gets the ball. On Friday, they flipped their roles.

DeGroote, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound athlete, picked off a pass and turned up field. Hobert was in the secondary — but he sprinted down with him. Hobert pinballed off three potential tacklers in succession as DeGroote approached the end zone and scored.

Love it.

4. Walk-off interception

This prayer was not answered. The last-second Hail Mary went awry in the 14-14 game, and Jake Pitre ended up intercepting the pass and taking it 90 yards to the house for the win. South LaFourche won 20-14.

3. Wild Hail Mary

Sometimes, Hail Marys do work.

2. That extension

And sometimes, no context is needed for a play. We can appreciate an incredible grab when we see one. This is one of them, courtesy of Jack Crumblish.

1. I’ll take that

Derek Wilkins didn’t waste a moment in this play. The ball-carrier barely even established control of the ball before the Santa Margarita (California) defensive end was there to strip it. The Eagles lost, but this defensive strip and touchdown was mighty impressive.


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