Boys' Latin senior Dom Maggio, an Under Armour All-American punter who kicked a 55-yard field goal against John Carroll and beat Archbishop Curley on a 32-yarder this season, might not play Friday against Curley in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference semifinal playoff game because of a knee injury.
It will be a game-time decision for Maggio, who will leave high school a semester early to compete for the starting punting and kickoff positions at Wake Forest University in the spring. Maggio has missed the last two games, but has been practicing this week.
"He has a million-dollar leg, and I don't want him screwing it up," Boys' Latin coach Ritchie Schell said. "Unless, he is completely ready, I don't want him taking a chance.
"I honestly believe he will be an NFL kicker. You won't see someone around here like him for 20 or 30 years. If he plays against Curley, he won't be kicking the ball out of the end zone. His leg isn't strong enough yet."
Maggio had five touchbacks against Curley and has 34 overall.
"Every time he kicks off, the ball is in the end zone," Curley coach Shaun Murphy said. "So every possession we're starting at the 20-yard line. So we are asking our kids to put together 10-, 12-play drives. It makes a big difference if he plays."
However, long drives are no uncommon for the Friars, who run a Delaware Wing-T offense that rolled up 481 yards rushing against Boys' Latin in a 31-28 loss to the Lakers in late September.
Tailback Rodney Petittt rushed for 300 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and teammate Ty Roper scored twice and gained 136 yards on 26 attempts while working behind an offensive line anchored by Jake Brown (6 feet , 300 pounds) and Antwan Brown (6-3, 310).
Curley (5-3 overall, 4-2 league) had a 28-14 lead on Boys' Latin in the third quarter before two turnovers helped the Lakers' deliver a come-from-behind victory.
"Our losses have been the result of turnovers," said Murphy, whose team won the B Conference title last year and had the area's longest winning streak (11 games) snapped by Loyola Blakefield of the A Conference in mid-September. "That's the difference between us being 5-3 and 8-0."
"We have to establish a lead on Curley. They are the offense that will grind it out. So if they get the lead, it's very tough to come back on them. If it's not a close game, I would be surprised. It's going to be a (great) game."