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St. Albans teen is well-rounded, with aspirations


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Julian Moody, in dress shirt and tie, was preparing for what was possibly his umpteenth piano recital rehearsal. Football season is coming to an end, and he now has time to focus on the two instruments he plays, his karate classes and acquiring his advanced Regents diploma. In his St. Albans home, he looked modestly at his extensive collections of trophies.

“I just like having something to do. I don’t like sitting around the house,” said Moody, 17, a senior at Bayside High School. “I don’t like being bored.”

Bored is a word not frequently found in Moody’s vocabulary. Along with a perfect attendance record, after school he can be found practicing football, the piano, saxophone, karate, Spanish or French.

“I prefer him to be involved in something,” said Moody’s mother, Aura Moody. “He feels like he has to do something to give back to the community. I’m so proud of him.”

Since he was five years old, Moody has been playing the piano. His parents originally put him in classes, and Moody’s love for the keys pushed him through the years. He also dabbles with the clarinet, flute and saxophone.

“But football is my favorite,” he noted.

For the past 12 years, Moody has also excelled athletically, playing basketball as well as football. However, recently switching from lineman to quarterback, Moody has soared through the ranks, leading New York City high schools in touchdowns and passing yards. This year, he was named the All Borough Selection Quarterback by the Queens High School Football Coaches Association.

In early October, Moody suffered a sprain to his shoulder. Following physical therapy sessions to get him back on the field, something clicked, and the young athlete realized that physical therapy was something he wanted to pursue himself.

At school, he takes a physical therapy class, and hopes to study it in college as well.

In 2007, Moody was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and as a result takes insulin shots multiple times a day. Despite having to adjust his lifestyle, he has found a way to balance his condition and still remain the active member of the community that he has become.

Moody hopes that all of his extracurricular activities will enhance his character and make him a better-rounded individual. Aside from his music experience, he is fluent in Spanish, is studying French, is a black belt in karate and a certified karate instructor, has traveled to several different countries and has also worked with local elected officials.

For the past two summers, he has interned at Councilmember Leroy Comrie’s office, and this summer is set to work at Senator Malcolm Smith’s office.

With a schedule as busy as Moody’s, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. But the aspiring physical therapist coasts through the day with a clear head atop his shoulders.

“I’m just the type of person that doesn’t get mad, I stay calm,” he said, and believes it is this quality that allows him to get everything done.

As a high school senior, Moody also has college on the brain. He would like to play football, and has his eye on Albright College in Pennsylvania, CW Post and Southern Connecticut. He hopes to major in music, physical therapy or both.

“If I see good results with what I’m doing, it gives me a good feeling inside,” Moody simply said. “Doing well feels good, but I also think I can do better.”

Around the Gridiron: Football Roundup


| smosco@queenscourier.com

Photo by Kathy Troina

In the Public School Athletic League, the Bayside Commodores (3-0) stayed undefeated with a victory over the Christopher Columbus High School Blue Steel (0-3) by a score of 26-6. The Commodores dominated on the offensive side of the ball with 436 total yards. Junior quarterback Julian Moody threw for 59 yards on six of nine attempts with an interception. On the ground, the Commodores rushed for 377 yards, with senior Richard Vaughan leading all with 188 yards on 14 attempts with a touchdown. Senior Timothy Capers had 110 yards of his own with two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, Wendell O’Brien was the star, intercepting two passes including one pick-6. For the Blue Steel, senior Chevaugh Wilson scored the lone touchdown and rushed for 42 yards on three attempts. Next up for the Commodores will be the Springfield Garden Golden Eagles (0-3).

In their last game, the Golden Eagles lost to the Tilden Educational Campus Blue Devils by a score of 14-6. The Golden Eagles had a total of 110 yards, with all but 25 yards coming on the ground. Sophomore Jair Brown led the team with 33 yards rushing, while senior Isaiah Baptiste had 29 yards rushing on 11 attempts with a touchdown. For the Blue Devils, junior quarterback Shawn Brathwaite completed just three of nine passes, but he threw for 54 yards with two touchdowns.

 

The Beach Channel Dolphins beat the Lafayette Educational Complex Patriots by a score of 32-0. The Dolphins had a total of 224 offensive yards, while junior quarterback Breland Archbold struggled, completing just four out of 15 passes with one touchdown. On the ground, sophomore Diequan Underwood had 89 yards on eight attempts and a touchdown. Senior Javis Black rushed for 21 yards on four attempts and a touchdown. Underwood led the Dolphins on the defensive side as well, intercepting two passes and returning one for a touchdown. Next up for the Dolphins will be the James Madison Knights (3-0).

The John Adams Spartans (1-2) lost to the Tottenville Pirates (3-0) by a score of 49-6. The Spartans could not get going on either side of the ball. On offense, the team managed a total of 131 yards. Senior quarterback Danny Perez completed four out of 15 passing attempts for 45 yards and an interception. On the ground, senior Shane Hubbard rushed for 43 yards on three attempts. Hubbard also returned five kicks for 145 yards and a touchdown. For the Pirates, junior Augustus Edwards led the team with 100 yards on five attempts and three touchdowns. Next up for the Spartans will be the Franklin D. Roosevelt Cougars (0-3).

In the Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York, the St. Francis Prep Terriers won their first game of the season, 39-15, over St. Peter’s of Staten Island. Senior quarterback Thomas Cani connected on eight of 17 passes for 88 yards and one rushing touchdown. Cani was a little wild however, tossing two interceptions. On the ground, junior Kadir Wisdom rushed for 81 yards on 10 carries – including a 60 yard run – with two touchdowns. Fellow senior running back Casey Beaudoin ran for 37 yards on nine carries with one touchdown. Prep’s defensive squad ran roughshod over their opponents, with senior Maurice Parker leading the team with 10 tackles, junior Ramel Joseph nabbing one interception for 61 yards and senior Jonathan Henderson grabbing two interceptions and one fumble recovery. Prep now heads to Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn to take on Xavier High School.