GLASSBORO - A thrilling Adam Taliaferro All Star High School Football Classic culminated with the winning touchdown being scored with 17 seconds left to play Thursday night.
That's not the play that fans, players and coaches were talking about after the game, however.
A 69-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Rashon Sorrell of Millville to wide receiver Dayshawn Reynolds of Atlantic City had everybody talking and shaking their heads in amazement.
"Lots of things went on in that play," Reynolds said.
The White team beat the Blue team 17-14 at Rowan University. The game featured many of the top recently graduated seniors in South Jersey. Sorrell and Reynolds played for the Blue team, which consisted of players from Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Burlington counties. The White team featured players from Gloucester, Camden and Salem counties.
Sorrell's touchdown pass to Reynolds seemed as if it could only have happened in a video game.
It came during the fourth quarter with the White team leading the Blue team 10-7.
The Blue team had the ball on third-and-10 at its own 39-yard line. Sorrell dropped back to pass. He pump-faked and then sprinted left out of the pocket.
Sorrell stopped just short of the first-down marker. He reversed his field and ran backwards.
The quarterback then ran across the field and circled back to the Blue 25-yard-line, where he avoided a tackler and began to head upfield again.
"He (Sorrell) made plenty of moves that I haven't seen in a long time," Reynolds said.
Reynolds followed Sorrell as the quarterback scrambled. Reynolds is used to playing with a mobile quarterback. Atlantic City quarterback Jarren McBryde, who also played in Thursday's game, is also adept at running.
"Jarren gets around a lot," Reynolds said. "All year long I'm following the quarterback."
Sorrell sprinted toward the right sideline and lofted a pass to Reynolds, who caught the ball at the 37-yard line.
"I was looking down the field the whole time," Sorrell said, "but I was surprised (Reynolds) was right there."
Reynolds sprinted up the sideline, cut to the middle of the field, avoided a tackler at the White 40-yard line and ran untouched into the end zone to help give the Blue team a 14-10 lead with 3 minutes, 42 seconds left in the game.
The Blue team celebrated. The White team wondered what had just happened.
Not even Sorrell could find the words to describe the score.
"I'm speechless," he said.
The touchdown was the second one on which Sorrell and Reynolds had connected. Sorrell threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Reynolds during the second quarter.
The touchdowns illustrated the playmaking ability of both Sorrell and Reynolds. Sorrell has not yet decided on a school. Reynolds has verbally committed to Temple but might attend a prep school first.
The all-star game started in 1991 but was named after Taliaferro in 2001. A 2000 graduate of Eastern High School in Voorhees, Taliaferro injured his neck making a tackle for Penn State University in 2000. Doctors feared he would never walk again. But he recovered and is now an attorney.
The players arrived at Rowan on Monday and stayed in the school dormitories for four days and three nights while preparing for the game.
The game was a reminder of why Reynolds chose to play football in college. He also excelled in basketball this winter, leading Atlantic City to the state Group IV championship. But not many football players have his ability to score from anywhere on the field.
"He's so explosive," said Absegami coach Dennis Scuderi Jr., who coached the Blue team. "The one thing that is underestimated about him is his competitive edge. It was 98 degrees during practice with storms happening, but he competed every day. It was awesome to see."