Nebraska defensive back recruit Eric Lee has made some big plays this season on the Colorado prep scene, but his biggest — a play worthy of the ESPN "SportsCenter" Top 10 — came Saturday.
Lee intercepted Grandview senior quarterback Cody Summers' pass in the end zone as time expired, preserving a 14-7 victory for Valor Christian in the Class 5A state semifinals. Lee made a one-handed grab in mid-air.
"I just saw the quarterback scrambling and tried to stay with my guy," Lee told CHSAANow.com. "I didn't want to lose him, because then it would be an easy touchdown. I saw the ball in the air and just attacked it at the highest point."
Valor Christian will play Cherry Creek in the state final Saturday at Sports Authority Field, home of the Denver Broncos.
"(Lee) has been catching balls like that all season," Valor Christian quarterback Dylan McCaffrey said. "The ball went up, there was a sense of calm and then he snagged it with one hand. We went crazy. It was awesome."
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Valor Christian has won five straight football titles across three classifications. It was in 3A in 2009 before moving to 4A, then 5A.
Avery Anderson, another Nebraska defensive back recruit from Colorado, also will be playing in a state championship game. Anderson had five tackles in Pine Creek's 34-14 win against Falcon in the Class 4A semifinals.
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