Teams that have done their homework know the key to beating 14th-ranked H.D. Woodson is to stop mobile quarterback Henderson Mosley. But knowing it and doing it are two different things. Ask Anacostia.
The Indians were prepared for Mosley and Woodson's option offense, or so they thought. Mosley broke off two touchdown runs in the fourth period last night and Woodson stung Anacostia, 26-15, in an Interhigh League East Division game at Eastern.
The victory put the Warriors (6-1 overall, 4-0 in the division) in good position to capture their third straight division crown. Woodson has winless Spingarn (0-4, 0-4) and Eastern (3-3, 2-1) remaining. The Indians fell to 2-5, 2-1.
In the past 10 years, this match almost always has decided the division crown. Both coaches approached the game cautiously, waiting for the other team to make the crucial mistake.
The Indians didn't make many mistakes. They just could not stop Mosley.
On the final play of the third period, Anacostia cut a 12-0 lead to 12-7 when Randall Stroman hit Antonio Young with a 17-yard scoring pass and Jermaine Lindsey kicked the extra point.
But a 15-yard penalty against Anacostia and a 23-yard run by Darrell Hewlett (121 yards on 14 carries) pushed the ball to the 12. On a fourth-and-three play, Mosley ran the option to his right. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound senior faked the pitch, juked a defender and ran into the end zone for the score. Mosley, who also kicks, bruised his knee on the play so Hewlett kicked the conversion for a 19-7 Warriors advantage with nine minutes to play.
"I have that choice, to thrown, run or pitch to the tailback," said Mosley, who finished with 86 yards rushing on seven carries. "They knew were going to run the option but each time I put the ball out there, they went for the tailback and I turned it up."
The Indians, held to 25 total yards in the first half, scored again when Stroman's pass slithered through Warriors safety Anthony Ford's hands to Frank Young for a 24-yard touchdown. Anthony Brooks ran in the two-point conversion and the Indians were within four points, 19-15, with about four minutes to play.Woodson (6-1)
W -- Hewlett 1 run (kick blocked)
W -- Baxter 24 run (run failed)
A -- A. Young 17 pass from Stroman (Lindsey kick)
W -- Mosley 12 run (Hewlett kick)
A -- F. Young 24 pass from Stroman (Brooks run)
W -- Mosley 47 run (Hewlett kick) BALLOU 27 SPINGARN 0
Tyrone Diggs scored three times for the visiting Knights.
B -- Diggs 2 run (Diggs kick)
B -- Diggs 23 run (kick failed)
B -- Wood 12 run (Ables pass from Malloy)
B -- Diggs 14 run (kick failed)