Harvard-Westlake found itself knotted with California rival St. Francis, 21-21, when it received a final St. Francis punt. There were just 1.3 seconds remaining, enough time for one final snap and a great heave down the field. Boy, did they make the most of it.
H-W quarterback Noah Rothman took the snap at the 47-yard-line, dropped back and unleashed a bomb toward the left side of the end zone. That’s where a St. Francis defender tried to get his hands on the ball, unintentionally tipping the ball forward on a direct trajectory toward H-W receiver Alex Barnum. And Barnum made no mistake, pulling in the grab in the end zone to earn the Wolverines a stunning 27-21 victory.
“It was definitely a dream,” Barnum told the Los Angeles Daily News. “You always see the Hail Mary off the tip. I knew. …
“He threw it up and I was going to the back (of the end zone) and it came straight to me. We did not design that all. I figured I would let them to try and catch it and if it tipped up, I was going go get it.”
As it turns out, the game-winner was just one of a pair of magical touchdowns for Barnum, who also scored on a 95-yard pass play earlier in the game.
Something tells us he’ll hold on to memories of his 47-yarder even longer than the pass from 95 yards.