Wilson had taken a 9-8 lead on a fumble recovery for a touchdown and had possession after an interception late in the third quarter Saturday against Anacostia. The situation looked bleak -- again -- for 0-4 Anacostia.

An assistant coach, frustrated at the shape the game was taking, yelled out to the defense, "Come on, let's go, defense. Make something happen out there; get the ball back."

Outside linebacker Nathaniel Cole obliged.

Two plays later, Wilson's Carl Hall fumbled a pitchout. Cole, who was pursuing on the play, scooped up the ball in stride and raced 45 yards for a score to give the Indians a 14-9 lead that they never relinquished, finally winning, 28-9.

"His touchdown really picked us up," said Anacostia Coach Willie Stewart. "It gave us a big lift. It definitely was the turning point of the game. We were down after they scored that last touchdown and our kids had dropped their heads."

Big plays may become a common occurrence for Cole, who stands 6 feet 2 and weighs 190 pounds, excellent size for an outside linebacker.

He had 12 tackles, three assists and one pass deflection to go along with his fumble recovery.