When I was a lad, many moons (although no super blood moons) ago, the idea that a high school football team could have an actual passing attack that involved more than just throwing the ball up for grabs would have amazed me.
Back in my day it was only I-formations, triple options and double-wings. Quarterbacks? They were mailmen. They’d turn and and hand off. Turn and hand off.
They’d hand off to trucks like Tarik Saleh, Kyle McIntosh or whomever, who’d then barrel over defensive linemen and linebackers. They were the Pony Express, football-style, stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.
THE WEEK 3 PLAYS OF THE WEEK
Now, look at the lot of you. Running around in your fancy single-back or no-back spread formations with intricate reads and routs honed in your made-for-TV passing leagues.
And… your weather postponements. Bah.
But I have to admit, it’s impressive to see you kids with your acrobatics and other feats of daring do. Some of you doing performing pretty close Odell Beckham Jr. impressions on your local gridiron.
Sadly, many of the diving or one-handed (or both) plays get left on the Plays of the Week cutting room floor (or, nowadays, the Macbook trash bin) as some bigger moments and plays get the top billing.
This week was especially tough, there were so many from which to choose.
They were all great.
So in honor of all of the players and teams who send me their great catches for Plays of the Week, above is an honorable mention highlight reel from Week 3. Spanning Connecticut from Ellington to Plainville to New Fairfield and Clinton and Colechester and New Haven, a very special ‘Plays of the Week.’
Your Great Catches.
Correction: We mistakenly refered to Jalen Datil of Naugy as ‘Jason’ in that reel. Apologies, Jalen.