â€œHeâ€™s a very cerebral player. He really understands the game and knows how to run this offense. What a difference a year makes,â€ said H.D. Woodson Coach Greg Fuller.
The Woodson Warriors (7-4) set the tone on their first possession when they went 68 yards on five plays, and Young capped off the drive with a one-yard plunge. Woodson failed on the conversion to lead 6-0. Dunbar (6-6) had problems moving the ball against the tough Warriorsâ€™ defense, allowing Woodson to go 71 yards in 10 plays in six minutes, to take a 12-0 lead at halftime.
Woodson relied on the rushing of Kayvon Spriggs to open the second half. Young finished the drive with a one-yard sneak.
â€œKayvon did a great job as he has all season,â€ said Coach Fuller. â€œWe tried to get the ball in his hands because he is very effective in terms of what we do offensively.â€
The Crimson Tide, who have eight of the last 10 titles, put together an 11-play, 87-yard drive to start the second half, as quarterback Tyree White (seven of 15, 108 yards) scored from a yard out to make it 12-6. But Young engineered a 13-play, 80-yard drive that consumed almost eight minutes; his third down passing and running proving to be the difference maker.
â€œIt was just a case of poor execution. Woodson played a heck of a game,â€ said Dunbar Coach Craig Jefferies.
Woodson gained 248 yards rushing and controlled the clock for over 38 minutes while limiting the Crimson Tide to 63 yards on the ground.
â€œWe executed well,â€ said Fuller. â€œThat probably sealed the deal.â€
Kayvone Spriggs (20) rushed for 128 yards and TD in the win over Dunbar. Photo by Yusuf Abdullah
Quarterback Ricardo Young (1) completed 10 of 17 passes in H.D. Woodson's win over Dunbar in the Turkey Bowl. Photo by Yusuf Abdullah