H.D. Woodson 38, Wilson 14
Last season, H.D. Woodson quarterback Derric Daniels perfected the art of handing the ball off to standout running backs Dajuan Stover and Richard Fitzhugh, who each rushed for more than 1,000 yards.
Yesterday, Daniels balanced the act by throwing more. The 6-foot-1 senior completed 7 of 11 passes for 82 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 38-14 victory over Wilson in a D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association game in Northeast Washington.
It was the sixth straight victory for the reigning East Division champion, which improved to 6-1 overall. Wilson (6-2, 2-0) entered with a five-game winning streak.
"You always know when [Daniels] is going to pass because he comes into the huddle and asks the lineman to give him some time," said senior wide receiver Roland Minor, who finished with two catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns. "He's just saying it more often now."
Daniels threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Paul Kellum to extend Woodson's lead to 13-2 entering halftime. With 10 minutes 20 seconds remaining in the final quarter, Daniels connected with Minor to increase the lead to 28-2. His final touchdown pass -- a 45-yard pass to Minor -- came with two minutes remaining.
The passing game "allows us to be unstoppable," said Daniels, who has completed nearly 63 percent of his passes this season for 1,311 yards and 15 touchdowns. "How can you be prepared for us? We're no longer a one-sided team. We have a large amount of talent on this team."
Woodson certainly has not abandoned its potent running attack. Fitzhugh rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries yesterday, and Stover added 70 yards on 10 carries.
After dropping their season opener, the Warriors have been dominant, averaging 40 points per game.
"The passing game is so important because everybody has been stacking the line with eight people," Woodson Coach Greg Fuller said. "The balance is something that opposing teams cannot key on."
Wilson took a 2-0 lead early in the first quarter when senior Danny Thau blocked a Warriors punt from the end zone. But the Tigers could not overcome 10 penalties for 65 yards.
The loss "is something that we are going to have to learn from and move forward," said Wilson Coach Horace Fleming, whose Tigers could meet the Warriors in the postseason. "The next time we play them its going to be different. It's going to mean more anyway."