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Top 5 Plays of the Year: High School Football (12-25-13)
Updated: Wednesday, December 25 2013, 11:50 PM EST
We spent hours and hours reviewing highlights from the year in high school football. With the help of Sports Photographer, Andy Coates, these are the Top Five Plays of the Year.
Once the sun set on the high school football season, we took the chance to try and select the Top Five Plays of the Year. The intensity, passion and emotion displayed on the field was evident in every highlight we chose. Even in bad weather conditions these gladiators of the grid-iron stuck together, steadfast on the singular purpose of sprinting out toward their goals, exciting everyone from coaches, cheerleaders and even bikers. These are the plays that stand out to us as the Champions of the Top Five.
Number Five: Rewind to week two of the season. Pisgah taking on Enka. Black Bears quarterback, McKinley Brown has a special delivery to Hunter Wike. Perfect throw in between two Enka defenders. Watch it again as Wike makes the catch and accelerates past the pair of would-be-tacklers. 84 yards later, Wike finds the endzone. McKinley Brown passes for more than 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns this season.
Number Four: Week two, Erwin hosting Mountain Heritage. Warriors quarterback, Austin Brown tips the ball to Chavis Williams who has all sorts of running room down the far sideline. When you take a closer look, the ball touches Austin Brown's hands for less than a second. Chavis Williams then shows off his acceleration with Austin Brown blocking downfield. Williams finds the end zone as Erwin beats Mountain Heritage, 55-13.
Number Three: Week twelve. Swain County taking on archrival Murphy. Swain quarterback, Raymius Smith avoids pressure, rolls to his right, then back to his left. Smith uncorks a 60 yard missile into the hands of Kobe Toineeta who sprints into the endzone. Raymius Smith joins former NFL quarterback, Heath Shuler as the only Swain signal callers to pass for 4,000 yards. Swain County beats Murphy 36-27.
Number Two: Week 13, the playoffs. Polk County battling Madison. Jordan Smith gets the rock and gets lost in the pile surrounded by seven players from Madison. Play's over, right? Nope! Instead, Jordan Smith breaks free and has wide open space into the endzone. Polk County beats Madison, 45-13.
Number One: State Semifinals. Murphy trying to advance to the State Fianls for the fourth consecutive season. The Bulldogs battling Albermarle in the pouring rain. Second quarter, Kenton Braswell goes up the middle and runs right over Terrace Ellis. 25 yards for the touchdown. Then in the State Title game against Plymouth, the Murphy defense stops a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter. Murphy beats Plymouth 35-34 to win the State Championship.