If there was any team in the Interhigh East that could have thrown a monkey wrench into H.D. Woodson's quest for a title, it was two-time defending league champion Anacostia. But missed opportunities, turnovers and penalties proved too much for the Indians, who fell to the Warriors, 16-12, at Anacostia yesterday.
It was a mistake-filled game: The Warriors were penalized 11 times for 105 yards and made three turnovers; Anacostia had nine penalties for 95 yards and five turnovers.
The game left the Warriors 9-0, 3-0 in the Interhigh with league games remaining against Spingarn and Phelps.
"It is always a tough game between Woodson and Anacostia," said Woodson Coach Bob Headen. "The penalties were a big problem for us but we played good defense."
In addition to the game, the Indians (3-6, 1-2) lost starting quarterback Michael Randolph, who was treated and released from D.C. General Hospital. He was taken from the field by ambulance in the second quarter when he was hit in the ribs and lower back by two defenders.
The Indians came out after halftime and looked to take control. But with 4:27 left in the quarter, third-string quarterback Maurice Talley tried to split the Warriors' zone with a short pass over the middle. It was intercepted by Anthony Bradsher, who sprinted 36 yards for his fifth defensive touchdown of the season and a 13-6 Woodson lead.
"When we play our zone, I try to read the quarterback's eyes," said Bradsher. "Coach had told us that when nobody's in our area, help your teammate and I did that just when the ball was coming."
With 7:57 left in the game, a clipping call on the Indians gave the Warriors the ball on the Anacostia 23. The Warriors settled for a 31-yard field goal.
The Indians tried to regroup. With the ball on their 30 with 3:38 left, they went to the air. After a 15-yard penalty Talley hit Theodore Boone for 15 yards, then Gregory Brinkley for 30. Talley finished the six-play, 70-yard drive by hitting Lovell Pinkney for a 15-yard completion over the middle.