As the 5-foot-10, 200-pound senior did in his younger days, Joe and Nick Cunningham play for the Calvary Athletic Association in the Far Northeast.
The boys' father, Joe, was a defensive lineman at St. Joseph's Prep in the mid-1980s and went on to play at Catholic University.
"He helps me a lot," Matt Cunningham said of his father. "He's probably my biggest influence. If I have any doubts about what I'm doing out there, he reassures me."
The difference in Saturday's defense-oriented tussle was Connor Foley's line-drive, 36-yard field goal with 1 minute, 33 seconds to play. He had missed first-half tries of 30 and 25 yards.
"He's a really good kicker," Cunningham said. "I knew, if we got everybody situated up front, that he would put the ball through the uprights."
By beating Roman, Judge (6-3 overall, 2-2 Catholic AAAA) placed third and earned the right to meet second-place La Salle (7-2, 3-1) in a semifinal playoff next weekend at a site and time to be determined.
The fourth-place Cahillites (3-6, 1-3) will take on regular-season titlist St. Joe's Prep (6-2, 3-1) in the other semifinal. Roman beat out Archbishop Ryan (6-3, 1-3) for the final playoff berth because of its win over the Raiders.
For the Cahillites, junior tailback Dimetri Kelly rushed 31 times for 137 yards. His 3-yard score early in the fourth quarter made it 7-7.
Roman Catholic 0 0 0 7 - 7
Father Judge 0 0 7 3 - 10
FJ: Jim Galasso 36 with blocked punt (Connor Foley kick)
RC: Dimetri Kelly 3 run (Phillip Isaac kick)
FJ: FG Foley 36