Receiver Makes Big Plays In Win

Game story and photos from one of Alabama's top prospects.

Wide receiver Benjamin Obomanu from Selma High School took over Thursday night's game against the Sidney Lanier Poets with his lightning quick first step and glove-like hands. After a relatively quiet first half that saw him only have two catches for minimum yards, Obomanu exploded in the second half to lead the Saints to a 34-20 win in a game played at Crampton Bowl.

The first of his many big plays came in the third quarter with the Saints trailing 14-6. He took a short pass and bulled his way through Poet defenders until coming to rest at the two yard line. The Saints would push that across and trail just 14-12 heading to the fourth quarter.

On the first play of the fourth quarter Obomanu fielded a punt at midfield, broke two tackles immediately, and raced untouched down the left sideline for a touchdown.

The Saints lined up for a two-point conversion and Obomanu raced from the right side of the offense across the defense before outjumping a defender for the ball and a 20-14 Selma lead.

Later in the quarter, on a third and long play, Obomanu took what was supposed to be a double-pass from the Selma quarterback, tucked the ball under his arm, and sprinted down the right sideline. Encountering traffic at the 20, he cut back inside and coasted into the endzone for his second score of the night.

Also a free safety on defense, Obomanu picked off a pass to close the first half. Here he makes a tackle on a Poet runner.

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