We’re past Week 3, people. And already my fantasy team is in shambles. And yes, I mean my D3 Football Fantasy Team. Just kidding. Or am I? (Seriously, how cool would a D3 Football Fantasy League truly be? Especially with defensive players …)
Anyways, running backs ruled the weekend and turned in some damned fine performances. I’ll shut up and let you see for yourself. Let’s do this thing!
BLOCKED FG TURNS INTO MADE FG FOR Texas Lutheran
— TLU Bulldogs (@tluathletics) September 17, 2017
Except, the result was anything but: Tyler Hopkins’ initial kick attempt was blocked. The ball bounced off the defender’s hands and landed back on the ground in front of Hopkins, who calmly tapped it with his foot and sent it soaring through the goal post. Listen to the audience reaction. It’s priceless.
MORRISON CHANNELS HIS INNER LYNCH
— Brockport Athletics (@BportAthletics) September 17, 2017
One of the more notable highlights included this spectacular leap over a defender that looks like something out of a bad 80s Kung Fu movie — except it actually happened. The beastly running back jumped about 20 feet in the air, then proceeded to drag about 500 defenders down the field. If I did something this cool even once in my life, I think I’d buy a rocking chair and sit on my porch contently for the rest of my existence.
ROWSE CAPS OFF HALLMARK DAY WITH BEAUTIFUL TD PASS
— W&J Athletics (@wjathletics) September 17, 2017
Alex Rowse had himself a day against Thomas More (!) as the Washington & Jefferson QB completed 32-of-46 passes for 482 freaking yards and six (!) touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions, but who cares, right?
One of those TDs came with 5:27 left in the game. Rowse found wide receiver Jesse Zubik streaking up the sideline and made one helluva beautiful pass right into his outstretched arms for a 37-yard touchdown.
PURPLE RAIDER RB JUMPS OVER DEFENDERS
— MountUnionRaiders (@purpleraiders) September 16, 2017
Strange. Last week was all about the wide receivers, but this week the running backs stepped up with a vengeance. You already saw Justin Morrison’s spectacular leaping play, but how about Mount Union freshman Josh Petruccelli, who pulled off a similar feat against Marietta? Dude’s got some hops!
The Raiders easily downed their foes 69-3. But you didn't need me to tell you that, did you?
SNEAKY ALFRED PLAY LEADS TO 57-YARD TD
— Alex Boston (@AlexBoston77) September 17, 2017
Finally, we get this little gem from Alfred running back Casey Boston, who pulled off a little Travis Kelce-style trickery with this, uh, trick play. Boston lines up in the quarterback position, then fakes the handoff before tucking the ball under his arm and exploding for a 57-yard touchdown run.
It was a classic bait-and-switch, though I’m not quite sure what the other team expected to happen at that point … In any event, Alfred defeated Utica 24-17, and Boston finished with 71 rushing yards and a TD.
So, which play did you think was the best? Sound off below. Or, if you know another play you felt should've made the list, let me know @stockames12 on Twitter!