Ben Webster is only a sophomore at Des Moines Catholic, but he’s already a standout running back and free safety on the school’s football team. He also has absolutely exceptional hand eye coordination.
There’s no other way to explain how Webster was possibly able to pull in this interception during DMC’s victory against the remarkably named Interstate 35, Truro. With a Truro pass falling short, Webster was able to not only track a deflection off a Truro receiver, but extend his leg to have the ball ricochet off it and stay alive, then reach out a large paw and pull in the ball himself. That’s some heck of a play for an athlete who stands just 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds. Unreal.
It was a play that MaxPreps rightfully noted harkened back to Antonio Freeman and his remarkable catch for Green Bay against Minnesota on a Monday night. And make no mistake: This was a big play. Every turnover was a game-turner in DMC’s narrow 29-23 victory.
Is Webster’s interception the “pick of the year”? Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It certainly belongs on any shortlist, and football fans in Iowa won’t be forgetting it any time soon.