Frank Moody saw an opening and made a run for it.
The St. James junior tailback has a knack for finding seams, and when he had a chance to break free for a 38-yard touchdown, he didn’t miss his chance.
“There was a big hole,” Moody said. “The line has blocked outstandingly through the second half of the year. They busted their butts, and when they’re on, it makes it easy on me.”
It was easy for Moody, who had 20 carries for 141 yards and four touchdowns to lead St. James in a 42-14 rout of host Catholic on Friday night. St. James (6-4) plays UMS-Wright in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs next week.
“He’s been very productive week in and week out,” St. James coach Jimmy Perry said of Moody, who had scores of 18, two, three, and 38 yards for the Trojans. “He sees the field well, sees the holes, knows how to hit it and knows when to turn the afterburners on.”
Moody, who averages over 100 yards per game, capped a five-play, 68-yard drive with an 18-yard score to put St. James up 7-0 midway through the first quarter.
After St. James recovered a fumble on the ensuing Catholic possession, the Trojans had just 27 yards to go to find the end zone. Moody scored again, plowing in from two yards out to make it 14-0 late in the first.
“Frank’s probably one of the toughest guys I’ve ever met,” St. James quarterback C.J. Duncan said. “I feel like even if he gets hit in the backfield, he’s like a pinball machine bouncing off of people. I’m confident that he’s going to get at least three or four yards every time he touches it, so that’s a good luxury to have on a football team.”
Duncan showed his great playmaking ability as well, turning a busted pass play into a 43-yard touchdown run to make it 21-0 with 6:52 to go in the first half.
“I saw backs turn to me. I took off,” said Duncan, who had five carries for 80 yards and the score. “I saw the two guys coming at me. The sideline was a little crowded, (so I) cut back and just got in the end zone. Just had a nose for the end zone.”
Jonathan Robinson’s 34-yard touchdown run on the Trojans opening drive of the second half made it 28-0. Robinson had 12 carries for 78 yards and the one TD.