Coolidge compiled more than 350 yards offense en route to beating Cardozo, 38-0, yesterday to win the Interhigh West Division in a playoff game at Eastern.
The win upped Coolidge's record to 5-4 and sent the Colts into the Interhigh championship game against H.D. Woodson Thanksgiving morning at Howard University. Cardozo fell to 6-4.
The Colts dominated play. The Colts' defense shut down the Clerks, limiting them to 26 yards passing and 96 yards total offense. Coolidge allowed Cardozo to cross midfield only twice.
Because of the cold and blustery conditions, Coolidge spent most of the day on the ground.
"We tried to run the ball as much as possible," said Coolidge Coach Sam Taylor. "We wanted to establish the pass, but the wind was bad and it was cold so we stuck with the run."
And run Coolidge did. Coolidge scored on its opening possession, which culminated when Sean Chisley powered in from the 4 to complete a 12-play, 74-yard drive. The two-point conversion was good and the Colts led, 8-0.
Coolidge, which forced three turnovers in the first half, scored after two of those mistakes.
The Colts' second score of the game came after a fumble by Cardozo quarterback Allen Johnson.
Coolidge took over at midfield and again produced a methodical drive that ended when Willie Love scored from five yards out. The extra point failed, but the Colts led, 14-0, and the rout was on.Coolidge (5-4) 14 6 12 6 38 Cardozo (6-4) 0 0 0 0 0
Co -- Chisley 4 run (Beck run)
Co -- W. Love 5 run (run failed)
Co -- Smith 3 run (Beck run)
Co -- Burgis 9 run (Love run)
Co -- Beck 11 run (Beck run)