DCSAA AA football preview: McKinley vs. Friendship Collegiate


Friendship Collegiate heads into Saturday’s DCSAA AA semifinal with its sights set on bringing home another championship. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
November 27, 2013
DCSAA AA semifinal

McKinley Tech vs. Friendship Collegiate

Saturday, 1 p.m., Wilson High School

At stake: A berth in the DCSAA AA title game on Dec. 7 at Catholic University

Watch for: Friendship Collegiate’s running back duo of Jonathan Haden and Kelvit Barrett, who both rushed for over 100 yards in a win over Perry Street Prep last week. The Knights (6-4) also received a boost from defense and special teams last week, as linebacker Malik Harris returned a fumble for a touchdown and receiver Chigozie Onyekwere returned a kickoff for another score. The Trainers (9-4) will rely on running back De’Markco Moore, who rushed for three touchdowns in last week’s 34-0 win over Phelps in the inaugural Gravy Bowl. Junior defensive back Dawayne Hill added a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown for McKinley, which posted its seventh shutout in nine games.

Skinny: Friendship Collegiate returned home to the District last week after playing a national-scale schedule this fall, which included multiple trips Florida and New Jersey. The Knights have won two straight, and are looking for their second consecutive DCSAA title game appearance. McKinley enters Saturday’s game as one of the hottest teams in the city, having won nine straight games — and allowing just 40 points in that span.

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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