Photo by Bob Hume – Ultiphotos.com
Ultimate is a sport of big moments – the long downfield huck, the layout goal, the end zone sky and the list goes on. Over the past four years of Major League Ultimate, those moments have been captured by our partners at Ultiphotos. In our new series, Caught in Action, we will look at some of the great moments from MLU’s history and how they have been captured by the talented photographers at Ultiphotos.com. This week we take a look at an exciting moment, as caught by Bob Hume.
The 2016 MLU Season for the Washington D.C. Current was the first year of new Head Coach Will Smolinski‘s plan to return the team to contention. One of the biggest changes for the Current in 2016, was the shifting of superstar Delrico Johnson from the D-line to the O-line. For years, Johnson has been thrilling fans with athletic defensive plays, but in 2016, they got a glimpse of how his skills would translate to offense.
Late in the 3rd quarter against the Philadelphia Spinners, the Current were looking for a quick score to help close the deficit heading into the final period. With the clock under 20 seconds, the Current worked the disc to rookie Mark Flores just on the edge of the red zone. While he may have been a rookie, Flores was well aware that if he could just put the disc in a position for Johnson to make a play on, he would do the rest.
Flores fired a flick along the sideline, looping around the diving Philadelphia defender and right into the diving grasp of Johnson. As Johnson made his bid, Hume snapped the shot from the sideline, capturing the moment forever. While Philadelphia would go on to win the game (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME), Smolinski’s decision to move Johnson to the O-line was a resounding success, as Johnson lead the Current in scoring and brought home the 2016 Eastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year award.