There’s at least one bold hurdle every week from a football game somewhere in the nation, though some are better than others. This week’s edition from a versatile Maryland standout is certainly a standout itself.
That’s Archbishop Spalding senior David Harding lined up as a punt returner, and fielding a delayed bounce on a kick before taking off upfield and taking matters into his own hands when faced with an onrushing defender. In this case, that constituted a bold hurdle directly over the standing defender, with Harding landing squarely on his feet and crossing the field to make the most of teammates’ blocking en route to the end zone.
That’s no half-hearted hurdle. That’s a bona fide, track star hurdle on a football field, by a player all weighed down with pads. Good on Harding for it, too. The touchdown was just one of six scored on the day for Spalding against Calvert Hall, which emerged as 42-7 victors, but it was certainly the most memorable. That’s true for Harding, his Spalding teammates and anyone else who had the good grace to see his scoring return.