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Wilson, Anacostia ready for rematch in DCIAA semifinals

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DCIAA semifinal: Wilson vs. Anacostia, Saturday at Cardozo, noon

Wilson’s defense held Anacostia quarterback Dequan Turner to minus-26 yards rushing when the two teams met in September. It was a notable accomplishment for the Tigers’ defense, but it was overshadowed by the best passing day of the season for the multi-dimensional Turner, who threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns in a 22-20 win.

Wilson will have another shot at Turner and the Indians (6-4) this when the two teams meet in the semifinals of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs at Cardozo on Saturday. Dunbar (7-2) and H.D. Woodson (4-5) are in the second semifinal.

“[We must] keep him contained,” Wilson Coach Mark Martin said of Turner. “He’s a good quarterback. Big, lean, tall quarterback that can see over the line. He’s not afraid to run the ball.”

Turner has been one of the DCIAA’s most productive quarterbacks this fall, and is one of the primary reasons that Anacostia is a legitimate threat in November. The 6-3, 170-pound senior has thrown for 1,776 yards and 22 touchdowns, and he rushed for over 100 yards in a win over Bell in late September. He has rushed for more than 40 yards in four games this season.

“Everybody on our offense works hard. Everybody on our offense makes plays consistently every week,” Turner said. “I think it’s going to be a very difficult game… it’s going to be hard to be hard to beat them.”

Martin thinks Wilson (7-3) can disrupt Turner by getting pressure on the edge and by controlling the ball with running back Jeremy Dixon when the Tigers have the football. Dixon, who torched Anacostia for 189 yards and two touchdowns in the Sept. 14 meeting, has rushed for 1,415 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. He has twice eclipsed 200 yards rushing in a game, and hasn’t been held under 100 yards rushing since September 8.

Both teams have marquee players on offense, according to Anacostia Coach Cato June, which in many ways simplifies the game.

“It’s tough to beat a team twice,” June said. “They’re going to run the ball. We’ve gotta stop the run. We’re going to throw the ball and our guys are going to have to catch. I mean, it’s going to be a simple game. A game of execution.”

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