By Jeremy Balan
OAKLAND – Sacred Heart Cathedral sophomore kicker Maxwell Tenhoff’s first field goal in overtime sailed easily through the uprights, but it was accompanied by a high-pitched whistle coming from the Bishop O’Dowd sideline.
The Dragons called a timeout just before the ball was snapped and the 21-yard kick that would have knotted the non-league matchup at 30-30 was waved off.
But the Dragons weren’t icing the young kicker. They were making adjustments.
After the timeout, O’Dowd loaded the left side of the line of scrimmage, and the new alignment paid off.
O’Dowd senior Dominic Gomes broke into the Irish backfield untouched, dove toward the ball and blocked Tenhoff’s second kick as soon as it left the sophomore’s foot, sealing a 30-27 O’Dowd victory on Friday.