Week 2 of the 2016 D2 football season is in the books. After 90 games and more than a few upsets, we rounded up the best plays of the past week.
Now, it's up to you to choose which of the following plays is the HERO Sports D2 Football Play of the Week. The only way to vote for your favorite play is the poll at the bottom of the page, which closes Thursday at Midnight Pacific. Be sure to get your vote in on time and share with friends so they can vote as well!
LAST WEEK'S WINNER: MARSHALL MADNESS
Trailing BR-37 Minnesota Duluth 38-35 with 23 seconds left, BR-53 Southwest Minnesota quarterback Blake Gimbel found Ty Steffensen in the end zone for a 14 yard touchdown pass and the 42-38 win, the first by Southwest Minnesota over the Bulldogs since 1999, sparking quite the celebration in Marshall, Minn.
WEEK 2 TOP PLAY NOMINEES
OH, DEM TRICKY GOLDEN EAGLES
— HERO Sports D2FB (@HEROSportsD2FB) September 9, 2016
Trailing 22-20 after a touchdown pass with 23 seconds left in the third quarter, the Golden Eagles pulled off the perfect trick play, as Blaine Stewart hooked up Ryan Gamber to complete the two-point conversion. The Rams, however, would score 16 straight points in the fourth quarter to escape Charleston with the win.
ROOKIE RUNS WILD
Beware of the Freshman. pic.twitter.com/WpG6YVT1DL
— UCM Football (@UCMFootballTeam) September 9, 2016
BR-38 Central Missouri solidified their spot tied atop the MIAA standings with a 34-17 win over BR-42 Fort Hays State Thursday night. Redshirt freshman defensive end Wyatt Hendrix made his presence felt in the Fort Hays backfield, recording a pair of sacks – the first two of his career – including this 10 yard loss on the Tigers' opening possession.
FERRIS' BIG ESCAPE
THE KICK IS GOOD! 30-28 DAWGS WITH 7 SECONDS LEFT pic.twitter.com/oH3c4mn3TA
— Ferris St. Football (@FerrisFootball) September 10, 2016
After trailing BR-81 Michigan Tech 21-10 at halftime, BR-7 Ferris State's 26 game regular season winning streak was in jeopardy. That is, until Wyatt Ford's 36 yard field goal with seven seconds left gave the Bulldogs a 30-28 win and their 27th straight regular season win.
— The GSC (@GulfSouth) September 10, 2016
For a program which entered this weekend with just one game under their belts, BR-50 West Florida didn't waste a lot of time breaking into our top plays. Junior wideout Ishmel Morrow not only made history as the first Argos receiver to score a touchdown at home, he does so while making an incredible one-handed snag of a Kaleb Nobles pass in a 45-28 win over BR-132 Missouri S&T.
THIS WOLF IS SOLID, FROM A TO "ZED"
— West Georgia Wolves (@UWGAthletics) September 11, 2016
BR-2 West Georgia once again showed why they are one of the top teams in the country in their 29-0 shutout over BR-84 Miles in a battle of defending conference champions. With 2:30 remaining, West Georgia defensive back Zed Brown picked off Miles quarterback David Whipple and cashed in a 65-yard pick six to ice the win.
A BIG TOUCHDOWN FOR QUINCY
— Quincy Hawks (@QUHawks) September 11, 2016
And, finally, who doesn't love it when an offensive lineman scores a touchdown (other than the opposing defense)? BR-140 Quincy center Ray Gieseo lived out every lineman's dream when he recovered a forced fumble and rumbled 14 yards into the end zone against NAIA Mayville State in a 64-7 win.