The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards is pleased to announce its Boys Play of the Month winner for November!
This one takes us out to Michigan’s Division I football state championship game at Ford Field, where Belleville High School’s Adrian Walker Jr. made one of the craziest interceptions you'll ever see.
He made it look routine, too. See the highlight here:
The most impressive play on a football field Sunday didn’t come from the NFL ...
But rather an interception in the Michigan high school Division 1 state championship.
Belleville High’s Adrian Walker Jr. made a behind-the-back INT.
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) November 28, 2023
How it happened
Southfield High School quarterback Isaiah Marshall looked to throw the ball downfield, but Walker had other plans. First, the sophomore made an instinctive play to go up and deflect the pass. Then Walker's natural instincts took over.
The ball now out of sight, Walker reached both hands behind his back to pin it. He then smoothly became a runner by rolling the ball to his right hand and taking off the other way. The all-time highlight has made rounds on social media ever since it was recognized as the No. 1 play on SportCenter's Top 10.
This play is now a nominee for 2024 Boys National Play of the Year
The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards is the largest high school sports recognition program in the country, honoring athletes from all 50 states. Top student-athletes in over 30 sports will be announced in teams of 25 nominees throughout this 2023-24 academic year, culminating with player of the year announcements in each sport during this summer's big event.
Play of the Year, Coach of the Year, Courage Award and Special Olympics Athlete of the Year will be among this year's many national premiere award categories. Visit the event website and sign up for updates leading up to this summer's on-demand event!
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