HD Woodson Wins Thriller in Turkey Bowl
Robert P. Stephens II | 11/27/2009, 2:58 p.m.
Senior quarterback Ricardo Young put the HD Woodson Warriors on his back to lead his team to a thrilling 30-26 win over Ballou to capture their second consecutive DCIAA Turkey Bowl before a packed house at Eastern High School on Thursday, Nov. 26. It was the tenth championship for the northeast school since its conception in 1955.
€This is great; we have a lot of young players [on the offensive line] and I told them to just give me some time,€ said Young, who has committed to play college ball at Virginia Tech.
€They made some mistakes early in the season and they just got better,€ Young said.Ballou (9-2) struck first on a one yard run by Eric Shaw, with the two point conversion good on a Darren Holbrook run. It would be the first of three touchdowns scored by the Sr. The five play 55-yard drive took 2:33.
Young then went to work, scoring on a 98- yard touchdown run with the two point conversion good on a Dejohn Evans run.
€I just wanted Ricardo to manage the game,€ said Woodson head coach Greg Fuller.
Ballou, behind the running of senior running back Eric Shaw, scored first in the third quarter on a ten yard run. Delonte Edwards scored on the two point conversion as Ballou took a 16-14 lead.
The Knights lead lasted less than five minutes as the Warriors came storming back on a 17- yard pass from Young to Alonzo Russell. The two point conversion was good on a run by Young as Woodson took a 22-16 lead to end the scoring in the third quarter.
Ballou re-took the lead as Shaw, who gained 114 yards on 14 carries, put the Knights back in front 24-22 with his third touchdown of the day. The two point conversion was good on a Larry Pinkard pass to Edwards. Shaw also caught three passes for 34 yards.
With 6:14 remaining in the fourth quarter, Young completed his third touchdown pass of the afternoon with a 10 yard toss to Alonzo Russell to put Woodson up 30-24 for good.
Young finished the day with ran for 172 yards on 14 carries and rushed for one touchdown, while going 10-16 for 161 yards.
Woodson, who improved to 9-4 on the season, ran into the end zone for a safety with 17 seconds left when they were backed up at their two yard line. That finished the scoring in what many fans called one of the best games ever played.
€This win means so much for our school,€ Fuller said. €It [the game] was very exciting. We had to work harder today.€