It was just hours after Aidan Moulton underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL, but the Bishop Fenwick junior wanted nothing more than to be at Woburn’s Connolly Memorial Stadium.
His Crusaders were taking on Abington in the Division 5 EMass finals, and Moulton had to do only a little convincing to get there.
“My mom was kind of skeptical letting me go, she wasn’t really too sure,” Moulton said. “But we just figured it out and I really didn’t want to miss that game.”
So after Moulton picked up his post-op medicine, it was off to Woburn, where he joined his teammates on the sideline in a wheelchair, a big blanket covering his newly-repaired left leg.
Bishop Fenwick won the game, 35-8, to clinch a ticket to Gillette Stadium, and when Moulton was wheeled into the postgame huddle, his teammates greeted him with a big applause.
“It was kind of bittersweet, [but] it meant a lot to the kids to see him there,” said Fenwick coach Dave Woods. “He’s definitely one of the players’ favorites.”
The 6-foot-2-inch, 200-pound defensive end/tight end was a key part of the Crusaders’ success early on, but tore both his ACL and MCL on a freak play Oct. 19 against St. Mary’s. As he tried to get out of the way of a punt, Moulton’s knee gave out on him, and an MRI later confirmed that damage had been done.
At Fenwick’s Thanksgiving Day game, Moulton watched from the bench with crutches. He’ll be on the sideline again at Gillette, and he has taken on a more vocal role since he can’t be out there.
“I’m just doing whatever I can to try to help them out a little bit,” said Moulton, who called this season “an experience I’ll never forget.”