Young Leads Woodson to Win over Dunbar in Turkey Bowl
Khalid Naji | 12/29/2008, 5:09 p.m.
During last year€s Turkey Bowl game, Ricardo Young performed like a sophomore quarterback starting in his first big game, his lack of poise and gamesmanship contributing to H.D. Woodson€s 20-9 loss to Dunbar. Fast forward one year, and Young demonstrated the maturation and savvy that resulted in a 24-9 win over the Dunbar Crimson Tide in the 39th Annual Turkey Bowl. The 6€1€ junior completed 10 of 17 passes for 141 yards while rushing for 31 yards and three touchdowns.
€Last year, I didn€t have control of the offense. This season, I was under control and the coach allowed me to check off,€ Young said.
€He€s a very cerebral player. He really understands the game and knows how to run this offense. What a difference a year makes,€ 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 Warriors€ defense, allowing Woodson to go 71 yards in 10 plays in six minutes, to take a 12-0 lead at halftime.
CH.D. Woodson Warriors running back Kayvone Spriggs runs through an open hole for a long gain. Photo by Khlaid Naji-Allah
Woodson relied on the rushing of Kayvon Spriggs to open the second half. Young finished the drive with a one-yard sneak.
€Kayvon did a great job as he has all season,€ said Coach Fuller. €We tried to get the ball in his hands because he is very effective in terms of what we do offensively.€
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.
€It was just a case of poor execution. Woodson played a heck of a game,€ 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.
€We executed well,€ said Fuller. €That probably sealed the deal.€
|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|