District Games to Watch
Friendship Collegiate vs. H.D. Woodson at Eastern, 7
A de facto Turkey Bowl? Friendship (3-1) has emerged as a force in District athletics (it has beaten Dunbar two years in a row), but since it is a charter school, it is not part of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association and cannot play for the championship. After losing its first three out of town, Woodson (2-3) has handily defeated a pair of DCIAA opponents - Theodore Roosevelt and Coolidge.
No. 1 DeMatha vs. Gonzaga
At Pr. George's Sports & Learning, 7
After a few down seasons, Gonzaga (2-2) seemed to turn the corner with a last-second, 23-20 victory over Georgetown Prep two weeks ago. Then the Eagles fell to streaking McNamara last week. Gonzaga last beat its rival in the 2002 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference final, which was the last year DeMatha didn't claim the league trophy. The Stags (4-0) have won eight straight games over the Eagles by an average of 21 points.
AROUND THE AREA
According to the DCIAA schedule, Dunbar and Ballou were supposed to play Friday night, but the Crimson Tide could not break its contract with Glen Mills (Pa.) without paying $3,000 up front, according to Dunbar Coach Craig Jefferies. As a result, Ballou has the week off. . . . The hottest team in the DCIAA has the weekend off. After starting the season with a 37-point loss and then a forfeit, McKinley went to Weir (W. Va.) and won, 28-9, and last week, it came back to the District and spotted Theodore Roosevelt 18 points before coming back to win, 22-18, on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Malik Jarrett to Roderick Smith in the closing minutes. . . . Sidwell Friends has the area's shortest road trip this week - about five blocks north on Wisconsin Avenue to Wilson. Sidwell has been shut out the past two weeks after putting up 89 points in its first two games. In Wilson's two victories, senior Brian Glover has rushed 23 times for 318 yards and six touchdowns. . . . St. John's (3-1, 1-0 WCAC) will dedicate its new artificial turf Smith Field at Fernandez Stadium prior to Saturday's 2 p.m. game against Paul VI Catholic (1-3, 0-1).