It was a thrilling weekend of MIAA State Semifinal football all across the state. Here are 10 of the best plays from the weekend.
(Video clips courtesy of Hudl.com)
10. Hill bulls his way in
Mansfield tight end Brendan Hill is one of the toughest targets to cover across Massachusetts, and Waltham found that out the hard way on this first-quarter TD reception that made it 14-0.
9. Wild Dolphin
Clinging to a one-possession lead late in their D4 EMass Final against Bedford, the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins turned to their Swiss Army knife, Michael Dunn, who iced the win with this 42-yard sweep out of a direct-snap formation.
8. Off to the races
Kevin Dick made it 26-7 Tewksbury over Melrose with this third-quarter screen pass for a touchdown, getting a great seal on the perimeter and sprinting 55 yards up the sideline.
7. Bruce is Loose, Pt. 1
St. Clement receiver Khaneil Bruce makes it look all too easy with this back-shoulder touchdown grab in the first quarter of the Anchormen’s D6 EMass loss to Cohasset.
6. Bruce is Loose, Pt. 2
Again, Bruce makes it look all too easy with this 37-yard tunnel screen for a TD in the second quarter.
5. Hang Time
Few receivers across Massachusetts can high-point it the way Davon Jones can, as he showed with this nine-yard TD reception on the opening drive of St. John’s D2 Semifinal win over Springfield Central.
4. With help from Hershman
A few nice individual efforts at work here in this 30-yard catch-and-run TD by Mansfield. Watch as Brendan Hill spins out of a tackle after hauling in the catch, reverses direction and then gets sprung loose by a vicious crack-back block from Michael Hershman.
3. Koby’s cold as ice
Northbridge sophomore Koby Schofer delivered the late heroics in the Rams’ D5 Semifinal comeback win over Hoosac Valley, with this game-winning 25-yard touchdown pass.
2. Juke ‘Em Jahkari
Doherty running back Jahkari Carpenter is pretty good at this whole zig-zag touchdown run thing. His latest work is this, a 42-yard touchdown run against Wahconah that featured about a bajillion changes of direction.
1. Smiley saves the day
St. John’s quarterback Andrew Smiley has drawn so many headlines over the last two years with his prowess running the Pioneers’ offense. But here, in the D2 Semifinal win over Springfield Central, it was his part-time duty at safety that came up most clutch, hauling in this one-handed tip-drill interception to preserve the win.