Who says that playoff seedings aren't important? Just ask No. 2 seed Dunbar. Some fans may consider this the de facto Turkey Bowl since it pits the defending DCIAA champion Crimson Tide (7-2) against the runner-up Warriors (6-5). Dunbar has won six of the last seven titles; H.D. Woodson has made appearances in three of the last four championships -- including a title in 2002.
There is no shortage of playoff experience in either of these semifinals. Dunbar beat H.D. Woodson, 33-0, in last year's Turkey Bowl -- the DCIAA title game -- in the teams' last meeting.
For this game, two of the league's top quarterbacks will be on display. Dunbar junior Nathan Bussey has completed 99 of 174 passes for 2,039 yards and 27 touchdowns. His favorite target is wide receiver Arrelious Benn (45 catches for 1,017 yards and 14 touchdowns). Warriors senior quarterback Edward McGee has completed 145 of 243 passes for 2,356 yards and 19 touchdowns. Wide receiver Donnell Graves has caught 62 passes for 857 yards.
If you prefer ball-control offenses, stick around for the second game. Coolidge (8-2) secured the top seed in the West behind junior running back Dwan Thornton (1,466 yards and 19 touchdowns on 185 carries).
Ballou (4-6), which did not meet Coolidge this season, also relies heavily on its ground attack. The Knights are led by running backs Wayne Nesbit (62 carries for 553 yards) and Jachin Leatherman (111 carries for 795 yards).
-- Judith Evans