What D’Ovidio experienced could have been a nightmare. He dislocated his left hip. “I knew when I hit him something was wrong,” D’Ovidio said. What happened next was the biggest play of the night. Hillsborough’s team doctor, Dr. Charles Gatt Jr., put the hip back in place. Total time: about seven minutes.
Before the injury, D’Ovidio caught seven passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. After his recovery, he ran some winter track, then cleared 12 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault in the spring. Now he’s back playing football, and his coach said he hasn’t seen any lack of aggressiveness.