Football: Archbishop Wood bows to Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 20-17


On the wrong end of a highly questionable last-minute judgment call, Archbishop Wood fell to Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 20-17, Sunday afternoon in a nationally televised football opener at Gateway High in Monroeville.

With 1:14 to go, it looked as if Nick Visco had converted a 40-yard field-goal attempt. However, the referees ruled the boot was just left of the mark. Visco stood at the 32-yard line with his hands up in the air, surprised at the call.

For TV watchers, it certainly looked as if the ball sailed inside the left upright.

With 2:58 to go, a 57-yard connection between QB Joey Monaghan and Benji Abercombrie put the ball at the Central Catholic 13-yard line. Following a 30-minute delay due to lightning, Wood failed to notch a first down.

For Wood, senior Brandon Peoples, a versatile Rutgers, commit, scored on runs of 29 and 19 yards. Visco booted a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Wood (13-1 last season) came into the season ranked No. 1 in the state in Class AAA by The Inquirer; Central Catholic (11-1 last year) was No. 1 in AAAA.

Wood senior tailback Desmon Peoples was slowed by a left ankle injury.

Archbishop Wood 7 3 0 7-17

Pittsburgh Central Catholic 6 7 7 0-20

AW: B. Peoples 29 run (Visco kick)

PCC: Jones-Moore 51 run (kick blocked)

AW: FG Visco 35

PCC: Jones-Moore 70 run (Maczura kick)

PCC: Nixon 27 pass from Hills (Maczura kick)

AW: B. Peoples 19 run (Visco kick)

-Rick O'Brien

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