Maryland commit Anthony Nixon helped his team to a hard fought win over Archbishop Wood, 20-17, in its season-opener on Sunday. Nixon, a safety recruit, caught four passes for 69 yards including a 27-yard touchdown catch from fellow Maryland commit Perry Hills.
"It was a hard-fought game," Nixon said. " I'm so happy we came out with a win. Our team did their thing. We played how we play."
On that 27-yard touchdown pass, Nixon caught a short screen pass from Hills and turned it into a long gain. It also put the Vikings ahead for good.
"I caught the ball," Nixon begain to explain. "My coach (Terry Totten) always tells me, ‘Get outside, use your speed.' I caught it and saw there was an opening to the right, so I took it (into the end zone)."
Central Catholic actually trailed early on in the game, and had to battle a weather delay late in the game. Due to lightning in the Pittsburgh area, the game was delayed a half hour with 2:38 remaining. That, combined with the Vikings having to come-from-behind to win—Nixon praised his coaches for instilling confidence in him and his teammates.
"As the game went, my coaches kept telling us, ‘Stay strong, we're going to win the game,'" Nixon said. "(Archbishop Wood) were down three (in the fourth quarter). Coach was telling us they were going to miss the field goal, and we were going to get the ball back and score. That's what we did. We executed."
Nixon said he's hoping to get down to Maryland for a game. He's just as excited about the Terps as he was when he committed over the summer.
"I met the whole (coaching) staff, and I like them all," Nixon said. "I think Maryland is going to be a good future for me. I hope I can execute down there, and hopefully get a starting spot.
"I was talking to Coach Gattuso just a couple days ago. He was telling me ‘good luck' in my game and everything, and he said he'd be watching."
Nixon was also impressed with the Terps' opening win over Miami. As for the different combinations of uniforms that Maryland is going to display this year, he couldn't be more excited. Playing for one of the more prestigious programs in the state at Central Catholic—a program that has a lot of perks—he feels playing at Maryland will bring even more at the next level, such as the new Under Armour uniforms.
"I love (the uniforms)," Nixon explained. "At Central, we only have two (jerseys) and the same pants every game. To have different uniforms, that will be nice."