I always wanted to capture this type of image, with the ball just about to be caught by the receiver, but it is so hard to do during a football game (at least for me) because of a lot of reasons, like I usually track the quarterback so after he throws, I have to find the receiver, focus, and shoot and I usually don't get the shot. With high school games, being played at night, I rarely have enough light to pull of the shot even if everything else falls into place.
So how did I capture this? I caught it in practice before the game, when the sun was still in the sky, when I know the ball was going to the receiver, and when my camera was focused just on the receiver. A cool shot, but not really game action. I bet the player and parents wouldn't care it wasn't a game shot!