The truth that the 2 colleges are lower than 10 minutes aside in far Northeast, D.C. added extra intrigue. The stage was set for bragging rights. It was Friday evening below the lights at H.D. Woodson in far Northeast Washington.
The sport began out as certainly one of two aggressive packages battling it out, however after the Knights (4-1) took over the sport following a 66-yard interception by defensive again Keyon Starkey-Webb, that spurred a 19-0 first quarter lead that Friendship by no means relinquished en path to a 45-12 win.
The Knights (4-1) got here into the sport ranked regionally and confirmed why they’re extremely touted. On a day when the offense was not clicking early, it was the protection and particular groups play that just about dictated the end result.
Friendship Collegiate, which was coming off a 42-14 loss to Don Bosco dominated the Warriors (2-2) early forcing three and outs and benefiting from poor punting.
With the quick discipline, the Knights started to open up offensively within the second quarter on the working of senior working again Zaire Kennedy (14 carries, 110 yards, 2 TDs).
“The journey to California was an awesome expertise for the children,” stated Friendship Head Coach Mike Hunter, in his tenth season on the Northeast faculty. “Some had by no means been to the West Coast or flown earlier than. They spent 4 days collectively and performed the Quantity 3 workforce within the nation and the defending nationwide champs. It’s the form of expertise that helps this system. I feel that it actually confirmed tonight.’
Hunter went on so as to add that the interception return for a TD by senior defensive again Keyon Starkey-Webb leap began the workforce’s sluggish begin.
“There isn’t any query that it was massive for us. From there, we started to settle in.”
The balanced Knights assault started to maneuver the ball successfully as quarterback Darrin Richards (12 of 17, 162 yards, two touchdowns) discovered his rhythm along with his proficient senior vast receiver Michael Brown (5 receptions, 86 yards).
The younger Warriors (2-2), which have a number of underclassmen, had issues on offense all day, making an attempt to comprise the Friendship Dynamic Duo of senior linebackers Dyland Stewart and DeAndre Cook dinner. The 6-3 bookends are considered two of the highest gamers within the DMV space. Stewart has dedicated to the College of South Carolina whereas Cook dinner will take his skills to nationally ranked Penn State.
Scores and statistics apart, this sport was about extra.
“We didn’t carry out in addition to we might have favored,” stated H.D. Woodson Director of Athletics Phillip “Reesie” Morgan, after the sport. “However the greater image was that I used to be glad those that got here out to see the Battle for Northeast. We don’t have many video games like this when two colleges so shut can get collectively and play earlier than followers. There have been no cases of poor sportsmanship on the finish.”
“Anytime you get younger African males collectively for one thing like this and on the finish it brings the group collectively, it’s a win for the group,” stated Hunter.
The Knights will look to proceed their success after they tackle Gonzaga tonight, Sept. 29, whereas the Warriors will look to get again on the profitable aspect after they host Jap Excessive Faculty at dwelling.