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In his first varsity football game, Theodore Roosevelt sophomore wide receiver Shawn Williams made a smashing debut.
His mammoth block in the first quarter paved the way for junior teammate Charles Wallace's 76-yard touchdown and sent the Rough Riders on their way to a decisive 40-0 win over visiting Anacostia in a D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association non-division game in Northwest.
As Wallace tried to turn the corner on a pitch to the right during the middle of the first quarter, Williams came back and laid out an Anacostia defender. Wallace ran untouched the rest of the way for his second touchdown while a frenzied Rough Riders sideline celebrated Williams's big hit.
"I saw the [Anacostia player] coming to try to make a tackle, so I went in for the hit," Williams said. "They tell me I've got to make plays like that every game."
"Shawn, he made the big play today," Wallace said. "He set the tone for the game."
Junior Jelani Walker added 99 rushing yards and a touchdown, while senior Justin Hamilton recovered two fumbles for touchdowns as Roosevelt (1-0). Wallace finished with that touchdown, as well as a 21-yard touchdown, and finished with 123 yards on five carries.
"It was the first game of the year, and there were some of those butterflies, so I was kind of feeling the heat, getting a little exhausted," Wallace said.
Williams's block set the stage for a punishing night for Anacostia. Starting quarterback Emanuel Stokely, a senior transfer from Carroll, was knocked out of his Anacostia debut early in the second quarter when he injured his knee after scrambling for a first down. His replacement, senior David Sullivan, was knocked out after a hard hit in the third quarter.
The Indians (0-1) finished with 74 total yards of offense. Leading the way on defense was Hamilton. Late in the second quarter, Hamilton sacked Sullivan and forced a fumble. He picked the ball up at the 2-yard line and ran it in for a touchdown and a 21-0 Roosevelt lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, an Anacostia player touched the ball, and when the ball rolled into the end zone Hamilton pounced on it, and the Rough Riders held a 27-0 lead at halftime.
"We were ready to go today," Hamilton said. "We made some big hits."
In the second half, Wallace had only one carry as Walker picked up the slack. Walker had 87 yards and a touchdown in the second half. Quintin Robinson added a third-quarter touchdown run for the Rough Riders.