As Plymouth North quarterback Cullin Cosgrove released a short toss to his left, Dylan Oxsen flooded the passing lane, and using his powerful right hand, slapped the ball straight into the air.
An outside linebacker/safety on defense, the Plymouth South senior hauled in the loose ball and galloped 88 yards down the right sideline for a pick-six touchdown, putting his team on top of their traditional Thanksgiving Day rival, 14-0, in an eventual 21-14 win Friday night.
It was quite a turn for Oxsen, who had to be assisted off the field in the first quarter after tweaking an ankle injury. He left the field twice more, grimacing with pain.
The state leader in rushing touchdowns last season (39, with 40 overall) at tailback, Oxsen said he has been battling the nagging injury since early last season. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.