Marcus Rosemy only had one catch in the first half, but it put No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) ahead of De La Salle (Concord California), and he did it in front of an NFL great.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown was impressed with Rosemy’s juggling catch in the first quarter, a 71-yard reception that gave the Raiders a 14-7 lead.
“No. 4 Is a big time player, man,” Brown said on the ESPN broadcast.
The broadcast also showed the two wide receivers meeting up and talking on the sideline.
Starting quarterback Zion Turner is already showing strong connection with his four-star wide receiver Rosemy, who is a Georgia commit.
Rosemy made a stellar catch along the sideline on a long throw, juggling the ball with one hand, not once, but twice, and then grabbing it with both hands to reel in the catch, and take the 14-7 lead against De La Salle (Concord, California).
It was a quick drive to help the top-ranked team in the country take a first-quarter lead over De La Salle, who, while unranked, is one of the historically great California programs.
De La Salle grabbed the lead early with a rushing touchdown by running back James Coby, but St. Thomas Aquinas tied it up with a rushing score by Turner.
Turner went with his arm later in the quarter to connect with one of the top receivers in the nation.
The Raiders are trying to prove they deserve their No. 1 rank in the Super 25 Preseason rankings, and Turner added to the lead early in the second quarter with another throwing touchdown.
But the Spartans win championship after championship in northern California and are trying to prove they can handle with anyone in the country. Coby scored his second rushing touchdown of the game shortly after St. Thomas Aquinas took the two-score lead.
The Raiders led 21-14 with about 9:30 left in the second quarter.