Who wants some D3 Football highlights? Sweet. Then I won’t waste too much time.
Nothing quite shocking in Week 8. The Big Dawgs won their matchups, though The Presidents received a good scare from Westminster (PA). I still think UW-Oshkosh is the team to beat, but that’s mostly just gut instinct.
Anyways, let’s get to those highlights. Vote in the poll at the bottom of the page, we’ll announce a winner when the poll closes Thursday at noon Pacific.
AJ HUNTER GOES THE DISTANCE
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— Aj Hunter (@GiftedAthlete1) October 22, 2017
Here we have one of the more impressive returns I’ve ever seen. Aurora’s AJ Hunter caught the ball and then blasted, twisted and bounced off millions of defenders to score an 88-yard touchdown. The score put his team on top of Rockford 28-6, and ultimately helped lead the Spartans to a 28-21 victory.
PJ SETTLES PULLS A CAM NEWTON, RUNS FOR 60-YARD TD
PJ Settles kicks it into high gear and gets @RhodesFootball back in the game! @CentreFootball has the 28-21 lead @d3football @SuduUpadhyay pic.twitter.com/9UrCUUEZkW
— William McLain (@mclainwt) October 21, 2017
Every quarterback can seemingly scramble these days, but few can make it look so easy. Trailing 28-14, Rhodes QB PJ Settles took the snap, surveyed the field and then, seeing no other alternative, decided to make a break for it.
His O-line created an enormous hole for him to escape through, and the race was on. Some 62 yards later, Settles crossed the goal line and pulled his team within a score.
Ultimately, Rhodes would fall to Centre 42-35, but the athletic QB sure gave it a valiant effort.
NORWICH FOOLS EVERYONE WITH QB KEEPER
@NoontimeSports @d3football Norwich Cadets with a QB keeper that fools everyone including the announcer…! #d3football pic.twitter.com/HItRWVoNuW
— Mark Norris (@MarkNorris62) October 21, 2017
Pardon the quality of the video. I know it looks like it was shot on the same camera Abraham Zapruder used to capture the Kennedy assassination, but you still get a gist of what’s happening.
Early in the first quarter, up 7-0, QB Matthew Chaffee faked a handoff to his running back. Then, he tucked the ball under his arm and ran in the other direction … 33 yards in the other direction in point of fact. All the way across the goal line. The funny part is, no one, even the announcer, knew what the heck was going on.
Norwich won the contest over Maine Maritime 24-22 — bet that play had something to do with it, eh?
WOODY BLOCKS PUNT, RETURNS BALL FOR SCORE
Check out D’monte Woody’s 83-yard blocked FG return that helped the Cortland win today at Morrisville! #d3fbhttps://t.co/Jw28gVe9Kb
— Cortland Athletics (@RedDragonPride) October 22, 2017
No, it wasn’t the game winner, but D’monte Woody’s huge play certainly went a long way in helping Cortland slide past Morrisville State 34-20. At the end of the third quarter, Woody blocked a field goal, then returned the rock 83 yards for a TD. The kid’s athletic talents are on full display as he evades defenders, tackles and all manner of wild beast.
REMER MAKES AMAZING CATCH BETWEEN TWO DEFENDERS
What a catch by @ReDmEr23!! @UWOFootball takes a 7-0 lead on UWL!@UWOshkoshTitans #D3FB https://t.co/NmwYCIzntw pic.twitter.com/LrpoVaPFZd
— HERO Sports D3FB (@HEROSportsD3FB) October 21, 2017
I couldn’t end this piece without at least one highlight from today’s terrific UW-Oshkosh v UW-La Crosse bout. The Titans went on to win handily, 42-28, but early on the game was actually quite intense. Oshkosh scored first on this beautiful play from QB Brett Kasper to Chad Redmer. The athletic receiver had to fend off two defenders in order to convert the score, but man did the end result look purdy.
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