Fort Worth South Hills coach J.J. Resendez watched the ball hang in the air for what seemed like forever in the waning moments of the Scorpions’ rivalry game with Fort Worth Arlington Heights in October.
And during that time, Resendez was able to jettison some old memories and get ready for some new ones.
Defensive back Calvin Clater raced to the overthrown ball, making the interception to help sow up a 25-21 win over the Yellow Jackets at Farrington Field.
The effort, which set off a wild sideline celebration and win No. 6 on South Hills’ road to an unbeaten regular season record, is dfwVarsity.com’s Fort Worth Play of the Year.
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It’s the second straight year a defensive play, that helped ultimately seal up a district title, has been selected No. 1.
It was such a great feeling because we knew that was probably for a district title.
Fort Worth South Hills’ Calvin Clater, on his victory-sealing interception against Fort Worth Arlington Heights
“When the ball went up, it was really a race for both kids and Calvin had the inside position,” Resendez said. “Once he grabbed it, that was it, we knew it was over.
“To be fair, we haven’t been much of a rival to them. Coming in, we were just 1-5 since I’ve been here and the one year we won, they didn’t play well at all that season. So this was a big game and created so many great memories, we were all emotional.”
Clater’s interception was one of 10 finalists considered during the Star-Telegram’s season-long run for selecting the Fort Worth Play of the Year.
For the South Hills’ defensive back, it couldn’t have happened any better.
“I saw Jaiden [the Heights’ quarterback] start to his left, but I knew he was going to come back my way and the last thing I saw was his eyes and the ball spinning,” Clater said. “I wanted to return it, but then I realized at that point it was over, so I just wanted to protect the ball.
“It was such a great feeling because we knew that was probably for a district title.”
Indeed it was, as South Hills completed a perfect regular season in capturing the District 7-5A title over Heights.
Among the other selections from the regular season:
Arlington Bowie’s Kobe Daniels went over defensive coverage to grab a 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Donoven Davenport in Bowie’s win over Arlington Martin.
Defensive back Kelton Tezeno intercepted a desperation pass as time expired to secure Burleson Centennial’s 28-21 win over Everman.
Mansfield running back Kennedy Brooks shed several tacklers on his way to a 74-yard touchdown run against Arlington Sam Houston.✔
Defensive back Tony Johnson returned an interception 61 yards to help Mansfield Summit put away Red Oak.
Legacy quarterback Kendall Catalon turned would-be disaster into a 30-yard touchdown run in a big win over Midlothian.
Mansfield Lake Ridge defensive end Brandon Nettles delivered a punishing blow against Mansfield Timberview.
Fort Worth Southwest’s Garvin Smith came up with a first-quarter interception and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown against Fort Worth Eastern Hills.
Las Vegas Bishop Gorman quarterback Tate Martell got an up-close introduction to Cedar Hill’s defensive front. Martell had the last laugh as the prep school got the win.
South Grand Prairie wide receiver Lawrence Dixon got the season off on the right foot, with this bone-jarring block to spring running back Andre Johnson in a 22-20 win over Arlington.