The Star asked high school football players and coaches to describe a play that stood out in their memory, a play that they still think about to this day. Here are some of their responses:
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Djimon Colbert, Winnetonka junior: “Back when I was in eighth grade, we were in Florida for a championship series. We were down by three. We were down on the 7-yard line. We had trips left. Our first receiver ran a slant. I was in the slot. ... On the snap of the ball, I ran a 5-yard out and then I went up into the corner of the end zone. My quarterback trusted me. He threw it up. I came up with a big play, and we won the game.”
St. James Academy coach Tom Radke: “When I was playing at Iowa State, Troy Davis was trying to get 2,000 yards for the first time in 1995 and I got the downfield block. He jumped over me and a defender and got his 2,015 yards. That was my ESPN claim to fame.”
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Mark Collins Jr., Blue Valley West senior: “Against Lawrence last year, I was at wide receiver and I caught the slant with a guy right on my hip. I spun and got him off of me and then there was another safety coming at me so I cut outside and ran it in for a touchdown. It’s on my highlight tape as the first play.”
Trevor Thompson, SM East junior: “Last year, I had an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown.”
SM East coach Dustin Delaney: “It was a two-point conversion and we were in double tight, so they had everyone packed in and we ran a toss play to Sam Huffman. There was one guy out there. He made a vertical cut and walked into the end zone to send us to the state championship and then we won the state championship. It was a pretty good play for us.”