A senior wide receiver for the Carrollton (Ga.) High football team, Andrew Turner is no stranger to making tough catches, but he may never top the one he made on the baseball diamond to save a regional championship game. In fact, this snag just might be the Catch of the Year in any prep sport this year.
Turner propped himself atop the fence and nearly fell head over heels beyond the wall, robbing LaGrange senior Wynton Heard of a would-be go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning, according to the Times-Georgian. He then doubled off an overconfident baserunner at second for good measure.
“It was, without a doubt, one of the best catches I’ve ever seen — college or high school,” Carrollton coach Ryan Zaideman told the paper. “It was just an outstanding catch. He went and scaled the wall and caught it as he was falling over the wall and managed to keep himself from going over. He came back up and threw a shot to second for the double play. Just an unreal catch. It wasn’t where you stand at the wall and elevate yourself. It was full sprint. We’ve got it on video. I mean, it’s a ‘SportsCenter’ catch.”
The highlight-reel catch proved to be the difference in Carrollton's 3-2 Region 5-AAAA title victory, and of course Turner also bunted home what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the seventh.
Turner made 24 catches for 415 yards and five touchdowns this past football season, leading the Trojans (13-2) to the Class AAAA state championship game, but it's hard to imagine a grab greater than this one.
Now, cue a bunch of minor league teams calling Randy Moss and Chad Johnson to fill their outfields.