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EDITOR'S NOTE: Courtesy of Birmingham Brother Rice Football, you can now scroll down in this story to view Saturday's game-winning Hail-Mary play by Brother Rice.

BERKLEY – Half man, half amazing.

All the superlatives in the world might not be able to do Birmingham Brother Rice senior three-sport superstar, Jason Alessi, justice.

This young man is constructing a legacy that will rank up there with the best to ever wear the orange and black.

That already-impressive legacy got even richer Saturday when Alessi caught a 34-yard game-winning touchdown pass on the football field that will go down as one of the all-time greatest plays in the Warriors hallowed history on the gridiron.

It was Hail Mary time with two seconds left in Brother Rice’s down-to-the-wire whopper of a league-opener versus Warren De La Salle and it was old faithful himself, Alessi, to the rescue again.

Alessi’s spellbinding touchdown snag on a precise-as-can-be heave from fast-rising Brother Rice junior signal caller Alex Malzone lifted the Warriors to a goose-bump inducing 26-24 victory over Warren De La Salle.

“I don’t know what to say, that was a crazy way to end things,” he said, almost in shock himself of what he had just accomplished.

The play was phenomenal in multiple ways, each a tribute to Alessi’s determination, focus, raw skill and savvy as an athlete.

Let’s start with the fact that his game-capping fireworks came on the first snap he ever took on offense.

It’s not due to lack of ability or lack of trying.

The proverbial position plate for Alessi is quite crowded; he’s already the Warriors all-league starting kicker, safety and return man on special teams.

“We’re always trying to get Jason to come over and play with us on offense, but he’s so good at everything else he does, the coaches don’t want to share him,” said Malzone sporting a wide smile in the wake of the exhilarating win.

In terms of difficulty, they don’t get much harder than Alessi’s spectacular catch Saturday.

The grab was over his shoulder and was of the diving, lay-out variety.

Brother Rice’s legendary head coach Al Fracassa literally couldn’t believe it was Alessi that hauled in the late touchdown to win it. Following the play, Fracassa thought it was Corey Lacanaria, the team’s No. 1 receiver that had made the catch in traffic.

After being informed that it was in fact Alessi, the 81-year old stalwart of the sidelines reacted with surprise.

“Wow, that Alessi does it all, doesn’t he?” Fracassa exclaimed.

Besides his epic touchdown catch, Alessi booted two field goals (37, 28) and made a game-high nine tackles in the game. As a junior last season, he returned a kickoff 91 yards in the waning minutes of the state finals to push the Warriors to the program’s first-ever repeat state crown.

Last spring in the lacrosse state finals, Alessi notched six goals to lead Brother Rice to the title.

An all-league shooting guard for the Brother Rice basketball team in the winter, he’s committed to play lacrosse in college at Michigan, however, has recently re-opened his recruiting to include football.

Warriors’ star senior running back Shon Powell could have summed up Alessi most accurately Saturday night amid the Brother Rice post-game celebration

“Jason Alessi is not human…..he’s Superman.”

Last Updated: 9/23/2013 5:41:38 AM EST

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