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Looking Back at Week 3 in D.C. Football

H.D. Woodson’s early-season road trip is over, and – as often is the case with DCIAA teams traveling to schools in Ohio, West Virginia or Pennsylvania – it’s tough to tell how good the Warriors are, even though they lost their first three games, two by shutout. Before the season, the consensus opinion was that Woodson had the city’s most talented roster, and it will be interesting to see if the Warriors can put it together now that they are playing opponents that are known quantities in the Washington area.

Woodson finally got on the scoreboard last weekend, though, only scored one offensive touchdown in a 35-12 loss at St. Edwards (Ohio). The Warriors, however, did trail 14-12, with nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter, before St. Edwards pulled away. According to the Woodson staff, the Warriors were assessed 19 penalties for 137 yards, while St. Edwards drew only one five-yard flag.

Woodson faces Theodore Roosevelt this Friday, before ending its non-conference schedule with Coolidge and Friendship Collegiate the next two weeks, both of which should be very good games.

Speaking of Roosevelt, the Rough Riders’ 21-18 five-overtime victory over Central last Saturday was the latest chapter from the book, “Only In the DCIAA.” Roosevelt was without kicker Obed Gomez, whose weekend job at a restaurant prevented him from suiting up. So, he spent last week in practice tutoring a couple of teammates on kicking. Roosevelt Coach Daryl Tilghman wasn’t convinced he had an able replacement and decided to go for two-points after their two touchdowns in regulation and their score in the first overtime. They missed each time.

As both teams failed to score through the next three overtime sessions (“You don’t want to know why,” Tilghman deadpanned), the Rough Riders, after stopping Central in the fifth overtime, faced fourth down at the 2. Wondering how much energy was left in his players, Tilghman decided to give senior running back Levite Legarde, a shot at a 19-yard field goal. While it might not have been good enough from 20 yards, it was enough to give Roosevelt a most unique victory.

After two tough losses to O’Connell and Yorktown to open the season, and a stagnant offense, Wilson found its stride last week, hammering Wheaton, 33-0. Searching for a way to jumpstart his team, Tigers Coach Horace Fleming switched quarterbacks, moving junior Stacy Turner under center and shifting incumbent Jubar Knight to wide receiver.

“We thought we needed a shake-up to create a little more positive competition,” Fleming said. “Jubar will probably be back there soon.”

It paid off. Turner completed 5 of 7 passes and a touchdown, and senior lineman Greg Cunningham led a unit that rushed for 297 yards. Senior Brian Glover gained 143 yards and three touchdowns and junior Rico Thompson added 80 yards and caught a touchdown pass from Turner.

The game was called with 2 ½ minutes left after Wheaton was called for a late-hit and some pushing and shoving ensued. With the game well in hand, Fleming said, officials decided to stop it rather than risk anything worse. Fleming said no players were injured or suspended as a result of the incident.

McKinley, meantime, would love just to get on the field. The Trainers had to cancel their scheduled season-opener with Cardozo on Aug. 28 because the Clerks had yet to have the minimum 18 players cleared to suit up. Then, after suffering a 49-12 loss to Dunbar on Sept. 4, McKinley Coach Cornell Simms thought his team was scheduled to face Coolidge last Friday, on the back end of a two-year contract between the schools. According to the DCIAA schedule released at the start of practice in August, the teams weren’t scheduled to play.

So after the Dunbar game, Simms reached out to Hyde, the charter school next door to McKinley, and was able to get a game for Sept. 11. Simms said he called the DCIAA office and secured officials for the game. No athletic trainer, though, showed up for the game, a mandatory prerequisite for every DCIAA athletic event. The teams tried to push the game back to Sept. 12, but D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation had use of McKinley’s field that day, according to Simms.

As a result, McKinley had to forfeit the game.

This Friday, the Trainers are scheduled to travel to Weir (W. Va.), which they played last season. That, however, hinges upon the team getting transportation to the game. Simms said no bus service was secured for his team until the last minute for the Dunbar game two weeks ago.

By Alan Goldenbach  |  September 14, 2009; 9:26 PM ET
Categories:  DCIAA football , Football  
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