Wide receiver Ed Maxwell made a near-miraculous catch to set up the winning touchdown as visiting Wilson came from behind yesterday to defeat Cardozo, 26-22, in the Interhigh West Division opener for both teams.

Wilson improved to 3-2-1 overall, 1-0 in the league. Cardozo is 4-3, 0-1.

On first and 10 from the 33 and trailing by 22-20, Wilson quarterback Quincy Randolph threw deep to wide receiver Van Johnson. Cardozo defensive back Edward Williams tipped the ball and then Johnson tipped it a second time before Maxwell grabbed it and was shoved out of bounds at the Cardozo 5-yard line with 1:21 remaining.

"It's the same play we do in practice," said Maxwell. Johnson "runs the flag and I run my pattern {a post route}. I always turn back and watch to see if he catches it. If not, and the ball is tipped, I catch it."

"I call that a heads-up play," said Wilson Coach Horace Fleming. "You take a player with a lot of desire who works to the ball and sometimes you get that."

One play later, running back Antoine Boyd powered in for the touchdown. An attempted two-point run by Boyd failed, leaving the Tigers clinging to a 26-22 lead.

On Cardozo's next possession, quarterback Jermaine Gregory was able to get his team to the Wilson 19 on a pass to Williams in which the wide receiver hurdled a defensive back before going out of bounds.

Gregory was called for intentional grounding on the next play, pushing the ball back to the 30-yard line.

The elusive Gregory was sacked by defensive lineman Jason Melchor on the game's final play to preserve the win.

This was the finest performance to date for a Wilson offense that had not scored more than 15 points previously. Randolph completed nine of 14 passes for 195 yards and two toucdowns; Boyd had 20 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns and three catches for 44 yards and another score.