Football – Top 10 Plays of the Week: Week 6
We’re back with another edition of Shore Sports Network’s Top 10 Plays of the Week, highlighting the most dazzling and exciting moments from Shore Conference football action.
This week we take a look at the top clips from Week 6. We can’t be filming every game at once, so if you have a great clip on YouTube, Vimeo or some other service where it can be embedded, or if you have the raw video file, feel free to email me a link at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet it to me at @Bob_Badders.
Let’s get to some of the best plays from last week.
10. Danny Vital Says Thanks with a Hurdle
We start off with a nice athletic move from Keansburg quarterback Danny Vital. The Titans junior got two key blocks from running back Liam Riecks on this touchdown run, but had to hurdle both Riecks and one of his victims to get into the end zone during Keansburg’s 41-25 victory over Sussex Tech for its first win of the season.
9. Right Place, Right Time
A fumble on a handoff pinballs its way around the backfield and ends up right in the hands of Brick linebacker Jay Obenauer, who takes advantage by returning it 25 yards for a touchdown in the Dragons’ 40-21 win over Southern.
8. Mean Gene
At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, Wall senior tight end Gene Scott can bring the thunder. Here he shrugs off one defender, runs over another and had to be taken down by four Middletown North players to stop his rampaging catch and run for a first down.
7. Filling Out the Box Score…On One Play
Manasquan senior Adam Schreck had a monster game in the Warriors’ 28-14 win over Ocean with 3 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, a pass deflection, a 21-yard touchdown catch and 4 extra points. He added to three of those columns on one play by sacking Ocean quarterback Kenny Pickett and knocking the ball free, then getting up and tackling the Ocean lineman who recovered the fumble.
6. “Look at Him Pull Away!”
Raritan senior running back Vito Aleo turns on the jets and outruns the Matawan defense on an 85-yard touchdown run, and pays homage to the track team with a finish line lean at the goal line.
5. King Rice
Neptune wide receiver/defensive back/kick returner Kahmar Rice put the Scarlet Fliers on his back in a 42-26 come-from-behind win over Marlboro with three of his four touchdowns in the fourth quarter. He gets it started with a great heads-up play to sprint forward and grab a punt after it bounced, taking it 70 yards to the house.
4. Mike Gawlik Amazes Again
One of the reasons Jackson Memorial senior running back Mike Gawlik is one of the Jaguars’ all-time greats is his ability to turn a short gain into something much bigger. He has to battle just to catch this screen pass, then keeps his balance, shakes multiple tackles and takes off for a 75-yard touchdown.
3. Walk-off Winner
Barnegat and Lacey went back and forth in a wild Class B South game, and in the end it was Lacey senior wide receiver Chase Stephensen making this great 10-yard touchdown catch in overtime to give the Lions the 19-13 win. Stephensen is able to haul in the pass from Coleton Klaus despite three Barnegat defenders being around him. Also an awesome job to stay in bounds in the back corner of the end zone.
2. All the Right Moves
St. John Vianney is 6-0 behind a top-ranked defense and versatile offense, but its special teams plays has also been great halfway through the season. This play by Pedro Braga is awesome, as he hustles down the field on a punt, dives over the goal line and hits the ball back to keep it at the 1-yard line where a teammate downs it.
1. Magnificent Marcus
This may be the play of the year so far, and it comes courtesy of Marlboro junior Justin Marcus, who leaps high in the air and effortlessly snatches an interception with one hand. It also saved a touchdown, as Neptune’s Kahmar Rice was behind the rest of the defense. This play got better the more I watched it. Just a phenomenal athletic feat.