It’s officially football season, so you know what that means: it’s time to start keeping an eye out for potential nominees for high school football play of the year (the most prestigious of awards if you ask me).
Last season, we had several great nominees including a fancy wrap around trick play, a wild interception turned touchdown, a one-handed Odell Beckham Jr. impression (but on defense), and a bulldozing 92-yard touchdown run among others.
Now, thanks to Malik Johnson out of Alonso high school in Tampa, we have our first nominee for POTY in 2016. On this play, captured by reporter Paul Ryan, Johnson took a direct snap out of the backfield and sprinted to the outside. He had a full head of steam going when he was undercut by a defender. Considering the defender went low, Johnson decided to go over the top, somehow completing a front flip over the safety and landing on his feet. What’s even more impressive is that he managed to regain momentum after the flip and gain an additional ten yards or so on the play.
Johnson and Alonso ended up losing the game, but his play still deserves to be recognized as one of the craziest feats of athleticism you’ll ever see at the high school level.