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FOOTBALL: Brother Rice's Alessi does it all, crafts legacy for state-champion Warriors

   | Jeff Dullack

State Champs! Sports Network

BERKLEY – Throughout much of his high school football career, Birmingham Brother Rice’s Jason Alessi has done almost everything for the Warriors.
 
The senior has been an impact player for Brother Rice both defensively from his safety position, as well as on special teams as a kicker.
 
 He’s one of the state’s best at both positions.
 
But Alessi had yet to make any noise on the offensive side of the ball during his career.
 
That was until Saturday night.
 
With Brother Rice trailing 24-20 with two seconds left to play, Alessi lined up at receiver for the Warriors for his first offensive snap of the season, and he didn’t disappoint.
 
The do-it-all senior raced down the field and made a leaping grab on a Hail Mary pass from junior Alex Malzone in the back left-corner of the end zone to give Brother Rice a near-impossible and thrilling 26-24 comeback-victory over Warren De La Salle.
 
“My guy was playing man on me and there was a safety over the top on the slot receiver,” said Alessi of his game-winning score. “So I knew if I beat my guy over the top, I knew I was going to have an open zone and I ran past him and was able to score.”
 
According to Malzone, Brother Rice and head coach Al Fracassa have been working to try and get Alessi some time on the offensive side of the ball for some time now and the last play in Saturday’s game turned out to be the perfect time to do just that.
 
“Coach Fracassa’s always trying to get him on the offensive side of the ball,” he