Photo by Jason Honyotski –

The Current made several highlight plays during their 27-18 victory over the New York Rumble on the road last Saturday, but two in particular stood out. Delrico ‘Rico’ Johnson earned the Spikeball Defensive Play of the Week for his layout D, and Markham Shofner won the Innova Pulsar Throw of the Week for his nasty 80-yard backhand to Jef Wodatch.

Spikeball Defensive Play of the Week

With D.C. already holding an 8-3 second quarter advantage Johnson, would help increase the margin to six. Hustling down on the pull Johnson identifies his mark will not receive a throw. Cheating towards the middle, Johnson saw the disc go up the middle of the field and attacked. Flying high through the air Johnson was able to rip-off the pass, before getting up and quickly moving the disc to a teammate. Two throws later Johnson was in the end zone holding on to the bookend score.

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“We know that if we apply pressure to most of these teams that we can force them into making bad throws or contested throws,” said Johnson. “And at practice we have shifted from playing good defense to playing great defense.”

Innova Pulsar Throw of the Week

Markham Shofner is not afraid to put it up in the air at any point, from any location or any angle. So it wasn’t a surprise to see him let one loose on Saturday night. However, it was pretty amazing to see how far Shofner was able to huck the from the Current’s own 20-yard line. Over 80 yards later, it ended up in the grasps of a sliding Jeff Wodatch in the end zone.

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“We got a D, so in transition people can leak out and get pretty ridiculously wide open as you can see Wodatch did on that throw. I think New York got caught on their heels as far as picking up guys and Wodatch just had a lot of space that opened up for him going away from the disc,” said Shofner. “Wodatch was open enough and there was enough space that the disc just had to go up. You have to reward your cutters when they are able to find space and you have to make people want to cut for you.”

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