Throughout high school, Century senior quarterback Adam Lanni has fought through twisted and sprained ankles.
So when it happened again, after slipping on a rain-drenched field in the fourth quarter of his senior homecoming game, he knew what to do.
Get the ankle taped. Walk it off. Make do.
A clearly hobbled Lanni scored the game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds remaining in a 19-14 win over Francis Scott Key Friday night.
Lanni's 1-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak sealed Century's fourth straight win (4-1, 2-0 county). His score was set up by his 10-yard scramble, where he was just fast enough, hobbled ankle and all, to get away from FSK defenders.
He hurt his ankle on a fourth-quarter punt, of all things. He slipped on the muddy turf and needed assistance from the Century trainer.
Nothing a little tape couldn't fix.
"I was not going to come out of the game," Lanni said.
Century coach Jim Holzman credited Lanni for showing senior leadership. After trailing for much of the second half, the Knights had one last possession to salvage a quality result. Lanni kept the drive alive with two completions.
Eagles senior running back CJ Goon had 26 carries for 142 yards and also had a 72-yard kickoff return that set up a Corey Hood touchdown reception. The score cut Century's lead to 13-7 with 4 minutes remaining in the second quarter.
Century held an early lead courtesy of a 6-yard Lanni touchdown run and a 91-yard interception return for a touchdown by junior Jake Lettiere.
But FSK's defense, anchored by linemen Jacob Nuckles and Justin Schemm, mostly held the Knights offense in check, even after Eagles junior lineman Tommy Mahoney left the game with a lower-body injury that required a trip to the hospital via ambulance.
Goon's 3-yard touchdown early in the third quarter gave FSK a 14-13 lead. It appeared that might be the decisive score. But the Knights were able to rally, once again finding a way to win in difficult circumstances.
"It's a shame that anyone had to lose that game," Holzman said. "I feel for FSK."