If Frank Moody skipped out on attending St. James’ postgame homecoming activities Friday night, no one could blame him. In fact, he might have been too exhausted to even peel off his uniform after his record-setting night.
The senior running back broke St. James’ single-game and season rushing records in the Trojans’ 48-10 win over Catholic at Carlisle Field, amassing 394 yards on 39 carries with four touchdowns in the season finale.
Moody, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound battering ram, blew past the previous single-game record of 295 yards set 28 years ago. Likewise, his 1,740 yards for the season surpassed by 10 yards the mark set by Johnny Redding over the span of 13 games in 1985.
“It sure didn’t feel like I ran for that many yards. I’m tired, but I feel like I’ve still got some yards left in my legs,” Moody said. “I’ve got to give credit to the offensive line because there’s no chance I do this without them. That’s the best they’ve blocked all year.”
“Frank is just a workhorse,” St. James coach Jimmy Perry said. “He’s not a real big guy, but he plays with a big heart. I was proud of our offense tonight and what a great way to send our seniors out.”
St. James (4-6) secured its fourth straight win over the Knights by scoring on its first two possessions. Jonathan Robinson capped the opening drive with a 10-yard touchdown burst, and Moody tallied his first score from 25 yards out later in the first quarter.
Catholic (1-9) cut the margin to 14-10 behind a 24-yard field goal by James Sherman and a 5-yard touchdown from Robert Smith that was set up by a 32-yard pass from Gaten Armstrong to Brett Foxworth.
The Knights were driving to take the lead late in the first half, but St. James’ Coleman Taylor picked off an Armstrong pass and returned it 51 yards to the Catholic 22. Three plays later, Moody scored from 3 yards out only six seconds before intermission.
“That interception before the half was a huge momentum swing for us,” Perry said. “That was the critical turning point in the game.”
Moody had 192 yards in the first half and discovered during the break that the records were within reach.
“They told me at halftime that I was close to 200 yards, and they asked me if I had another 200 yards in me for the second half. I told them I did and asked them to just keep giving me the ball,” Moody said.
Moody kept his promise by gaining 202 yards in the final two periods, capping the evening with a 21-yard burst with four minutes left in the contest.
Moody’s longest run on the night was 37 yards, and he had six carries of more than 20 yards.
“This is an unbelievable way to finish my football career,” Moody said. “Before the season, I had a personal goal to break the rushing records, but I never dreamed it would happen. This is a night I’ll never forget.”