Kirtland’s Joey Grazia’s spotlight-reel catch is ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’ major enjoy | Substantial College Sporting activities

Joey Grazia grew up viewing ESPN’s “SportsCenter” in excess of and about again to the stage his mother would question him if that’s all he was ever going to view.

This morning, Grazia isn’t really just watching “SportsCenter.”

He’s on it.

A senior defensive again at Kirtland, Grazia was No. 1 on SportsCenter’s Leading Plays for Nov. 21 soon after his fantastic a single-handed, toe-tapping capture in the Hornets’ 38- earn in excess of Ironton in the Division V condition championship recreation.

“It is really amazing,” said Grazia shortly following waking up Nov. 22. “Persons were telling me the catch would be ‘SportsCenter’ Major 10, and I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah …’ Failed to imagine it.

“But then I woke up this early morning and saw like 50 to 100 texts. I was like, ‘Wow!'”

ESPN’s sportscaster marveled at the participate in in announcing it as the day’s leading engage in.

“Kirtland, Ironton, Ohio Division V point out championship activity,” the ESPN sportscaster mentioned. “Joey Grazia. Are you kidding me? You are the huge man on campus. Team wins in a rout, and he is received the best play.”

The perform drew oohs and aahs from anyone at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium when it occurred in authentic time.

Dealing with third-and-7 from the Ironton 34 in the very first fifty percent, and with Kirtland clinging to a 3- direct, Kirtland QB Liam Powers lofted a significant go down the dwelling workforce sideline.

Grazia one particular-handed the catch, dragged his toe in entrance of defender Landen White and held manage of the ball. The engage in was initially dominated incomplete, but when the perform went to the evaluation booth, it was overturned.

“I noticed the trajectory and knew it was a very little long,” Grazia explained of the pass. “I didn’t know exactly in which I was (in regard to the sideline). I experienced to catch it thoroughly clean for the reason that I understood there wasn’t a great deal area. In some way I got my foot down.”

Grazia mentioned he would not practice one particular-handed grabs — it just comes about. Nevertheless he did say he made a one-handed interception in exercise on a corner route to teammate Gage Sullivan.

A 12 months ago, it was Sullivan generating the highlight-reel, a person-handed grab from Ironton in the D-V point out championship sport gained by Kirtland, 17-7.

This time, it was Grazia’s convert, and it gained him prime billing on SportsCenter’s Top rated 10.

Grazia finished the recreation with 5 catches for 51 yards. Defensively, he had a solo deal with. The team chief with 28 go breakups this year did not have a go thrown his way on defense.

“I have been up for 25 minutes and I have watched that play 15 to 20 occasions,” he explained. “It is really cool to see that come about in the greatest game of your everyday living. No issue how several situations I check out it, it will not get previous.”