It’s no secret that every Brunswick foe has a plan to bottle up the Bruins’ sterling, 6-foot-3, 197-pound senior receiver Cornelius Johnson.
And while they might be successful 99.9999 percent of the time, Johnson’s pure talent just won’t be denied. There’s a good reason why the Greenwich native has a lion’s share of offers from just about every major college football program, from ‘Bama on down.
On Saturday, when the Bruins needed him most, Johnson delivered with an insane, one-handed/helmet catch for a 31-yard gain on 3rd and 20 of the team’s last scoring drive late in their 33-26 homecoming victory vs. Taft.
It was a catch reminiscent of David Tyree’s legendary snare against his helmet in the New York Giants’ winning touchdown drive in Super Bowl LII.
“That catch Cornelius made to keep that drive alive… that was a Tyree-type catch, you know what I mean?” Brunswick coach Jarrett Shine said.
We do. It was.
“That was the sickest catch I’ve ever seen a high school player make,” said senior linebacker Nick Villis. “It was insane.”
“No. 5 made one of the best catches I’ve ever seen in my life,” Taft coach Tyler Whitley said. “The kid is an outstanding football player. Our plan was to limit No. 5. You can only contain him, because he’s going to make plays.”
“The first thing I thought of was, was it was SportsCenter Top 10 play,” Brunswick quarterback Nick Winegardner said.
Wait ’til someone up there gets a hold of it. Just watch it.