Say what you will about Sam Wisneski. The teen knows how to catch a football, even when he’s blanketed by tight coverage.
The play you see above comes from Wisneski’s Ashwaubenon squad’s game against Superior in a Wisconsin playoff faceoff. Wisneski found himself blanketed by a Superior defender, but had just enough room to get his outstretched arms around the side of the defender’s back. Incredibly, that’s right where the ball landed after Ashwaubenon quarterback quarterback James Morgan lofted a pass down the field.
How Wineski held on to the ball is anyone’s guess, but he did. In fact, he even had the presence of mind to keep his feet in bounds and then slip away into the end zone, while after transferring the ball between hands behind the defender’s back to cap off a 54-yard scoring play.
Put the entire package together and the catch is clearly one of the best grabs of the season. You can check out a second view of the touchdown below.
The sad note for Wisneski and Ashwaubenon is that this magnificent touchdown would come as one of the team’s last, with Superior’s 56-35 victory in the Division 2 second round game.
As noted by Gannett Partner the Green Bay Press Gazette, no matter how transcendent a performance is by a receiver, it’s hard to overcome the kind of night put forward by Superior quarterback Nick Mehlum, who passed for six touchdowns in the victory.
At least Wisneski gave his teammates and fans something to remember as the season came to a close.