We’re not waiting for our weekly ‘Plays of the Week’ video for this one.
Ludlowe’s Mike Arman was the recipient of a incredibly perfect 66-yard, three-times deflected touchdown catch to beat Harding 35-31 Saturday afternoon.
Down 31-29 with just over 6 minutes remaining, Ludlowe quarterback Matt White lofted a deep ball that appeared to be intended for receiver Patrick O’Leary, who was running a pattern on the Harding 45-yard line. But Arman, a baseball player who’ll attend Central Connecticut State next year, was running a seam route underneath and, leaped and actually got a fingertip on the ball, interrupting it’s flight to a diving O’Leary.
By the time ball fluttered to O’Leary, he was already rolling on the ground. As luck would have it, the ball landed on O’Leary’s right knee and bounced back to Arman, who said the ball caromed off the helmet of the Harding defender covering him and into Arman’s waiting arms.
Arman never broke stride until he hit the end zone.
“The ball tipped, I was just there, and I got it and kept running,” Arman told our Mary Albl of the play. “I didn’t realize what had happened until I got to the sideline; I was just in shock.”
The play was captured by YouTube User ‘RickVolk1,’ who was nice enough to slow the whole thing down for everyone to see.
Even crazier was that the play overshadowed a blocked punt by Jahzaari Mullins took back for a touchdown to give Harding its 31-29 lead with 6:18 remaining.