— Sean Patrick Bowley (@SPBowley) September 26, 2015
This is a video of the fourth-down Johnny Somers’ touchdown catch that lifted Trinity Catholic to a 22-20 victory over Norwalk and sent the Testa Field fans into such a frenzy that police had to escort the game’s officials from the premises as enraged fans followed.
Somers leaps over the triple team, gets his hands on the ball and his feet in bounds. Now, from this view, it appears as if he tucks it into his stomach to control it and then attempts to bring it up to celebrate the score. It’s then that Somers drops it.
Now, Norwalk immediately screamed that it was incomplete and that’s what the side judge ruled.
But the officials conferred and, upon further review, the call was reversed, awarding the touchdown to Trinity and sending Norwalk coach Sean Ireland into a fit. He was ejected and must sit the team’s next game.
Now, to that point there had been an inordinate amount of penalties, 35 in total, according to the Stamford Advocate. And, after all that, it says here you really can’t blame Ireland from blowing his stack, especially because it meant his team had lost the game and the first call was reversed.
It was borderline, sure, especially since it all happened in a fluid motion and without the benefit of Saturday morning slow-motion replays.
But was it really a catch? I was in the no-catch camp while looking at the play on my phone out in Colchester today. I even started to write this post that way.
Now that I’ve watched it on a desktop screen, and solicited a few unbiased opinions? I’m beginning to think it was good. He had it tucked away, and began his motion of bringing it up when he fumbled it. But he had possession in the end zone: Touchdown.
Regardless of what everybody thinks, it goes down as a catch in the record books and a Trinity victory. Trinity is 1-1. Norwalk is 1-1.
And we’ll be hearing about this one forever.