Senior Milton Mooya kicked a 20-yard field goal with 1:18 remaining to give Dunbar a 16-14 homecoming victory over Theodore Roosevelt yesterday in the Interhigh West opener for both teams.
After stopping a Roosevelt drive by breaking up a third-down pass, the Crimson Tide took possession at its 45-yard line with 4:38 left.
Dunbar (4-3) marched downfield on the running of Yazid Lewis (17 carries, 105 yards), who ran down the sideline for 29 yards to the Roosevelt 9-yard line.
After Dunbar could not score with three successive rushing plays, it was up to Mooya to convert.
"He was sure he was going to make the field goal," said Coach John Nunn. "I wanted to try a fade pass on that fourth-down play. He and the other players said let's kick the field goal."
Mooya's field goal was his third of the year, and spoiled the effort of Rough Riders senior quarterback Damico Thompson, who brought his team back from a 13-0 halftime deficit. Thompson was six for 11 passing for 63 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
"We played hard in coming back, but I told the players that we needed to keep them out of field goal range," Roosevelt Coach James Tillerson said. "What can you say? The better team won."
Roosevelt took its first lead at 14-13 with 10:57 remaining when Thompson lateraled to running back Robert Gladden, who scored from 20 yards.
Thompson started the play by running an option down the field and as he was hit, threw behind to Gladden, who caught the ball and scored untouched.
On the following two-point conversion, running back Derrick Lollar ran up the middle to give Roosevelt the lead.
Roosevelt's other touchdown came on a lob pass from Thompson to tight end Alain Gbla midway through the third quarter, cutting Dunbar's lead to 13-7.
Dunbar's touchdowns were the result of passes. The first was a 15-yarder from quarterback Marvin McClellan to Nathan Langley in the first quarter.
McClellan (six for eight, 116 yards) and Langley connected again for 79 yards and a 13-0 lead with 2:59 left in the first half.