December 6, 2007

Will it be linebacker or safety for Nick Moody?

This past weekend Philadelphia (PA) Roman Catholic and four-star safety Nick Moody participated in the Catholic League Red Division championship game versus St. Joseph's Prep, who was heavily favored. Late in the fourth quarter, Roman found themselves up 10-3 and preparing to pin St. Joseph's back before a crazy series of events.

"There were 30 seconds left, the crowd had started celebrating, and they were getting ready to rush the field," Moody said. "They all thought it was over. We were getting ready to punt it to them and we had good punt coverage all day. We changed the punt coverage from having the receivers on the wings to tight to keep them from blocking it, and he just got around the edge."

St. Joseph's Jim McGoldrick returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown, closing the deficit to 10-9 with 28.5 seconds left to play. All signs were pointing to overtime, but St. Joseph's extra-point kick bounced off the outside part of the left upright. After Roman recovered an on-side kick, the celebration could officially begin.

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