So, apparently prep quarterbacks throwing touchdown passes to themselves is becoming a thing now.
A week after we highlighted Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) sophomore quarterback Zach Lewis tossing a TD to himself, the craze has officially swept the nation, as Shawnee (Medford, N.J.) senior QB Michael Welsh replicated the feat.
“It was a crazy play,” Welsh told NJ Advance Media. “What ended up happening is I tried to get it over the defensive lineman and he tipped it and I just caught it on my shoulder. I just started running towards the side.”
Welsh’s touchdown broke a 7-7 tie in the second quarter on Shawnee’s way to a 35-14 win against Cherokee (Marlton, N.J.). The senior quarterback finished with a decent statistical line, I guess: 26-of-36 for 352 yards and all five scores against zero interceptions, to go along with 86 yards rushing on 15 carries and — of course — the 15-yard touchdown catch.
A word of warning to QBs hoping to popularize this new trend on Friday night: It’s not as easy as they make it look.