After a bus mixup resulting in a near-forfeit of its game at Gar-Field in the season opener, defending Interhigh champion Anacostia appears to be hitting its stride. The 13th-ranked Indians beat Eastern, 14-7, last week to remain in a tie for first place in the East Division with fifth-ranked H.D. Woodson.
They have won six straight games and are 6-1 overall, 4-0 in the division. The only loss was to Gar-Field in the first game.
For the past five seasons, the game matching Woodson and Anacostia has decided the division title and unless one of the teams falters in the next two weeks, their game Nov. 9 will do so again.
Before that game, though, Coach Willie Stewart and his players will get a test from much-improved defending Metro Conference champion Carroll. Tenth-ranked Carroll (6-1-1, 3-0-1) held off Gonzaga, 7-3, last week to stay within range of first place and unbeaten second-ranked DeMatha (7-0, 3-0). Like the always dramatic Anacostia-Woodson finales, Carroll and DeMatha should meet for the crown Nov. 10. The game involving those two teams has decided the championship five times in the last six years.
Neither Carroll nor Anacostia has the potent offense it had a year ago and both have depended on stellar defenses to win. The Indians have outscored their opponents, 140-40; the Lions, 163-51.
Spingarn continues to have its problems. The Green Wave dropped its 12th straight game, losing to Woodson, 49-7, last week. Spingarn (0-7) has now been outscored, 320-27, with two games remaining.
Other Interhigh teams having rough seasons are Wilson, which lost to Coolidge, 21-13, and is 0-7. Wilson's losing streak has now reached nine over two years. Ballou is 1-5, its victory coming over Dunbar, 19-12, in overtime.
Theodore Roosevelt's Robert Thomas scored three touchdowns in last week's 26-19 victory over Cardozo to retain his Interhigh scoring lead. Thomas has scored 74 points . . . Wilson is seeking a fourth team for its Christmas basketball tournament on Dec. 28 and 29.