DCIAA Football Title Game
. When: Today, 11.
. Where: Eastern High, 17th and East Capitol streets NE.
. Last meeting: Coolidge, 27-26 OT on Oct. 21.
What to Watch
. When Coolidge Has the Ball: Junior G Marvin Austin leads an experienced offensive line. Austin (6 feet 3, 300 pounds) can bench press nearly 400 pounds and is being recruited by several top Division I schools. "He makes their offense go," Dunbar Coach Craig Jefferies said. The other top linemen are junior T Lamar Milstead (6-5, 280) and junior G James Johnson (5-9, 260). Junior RB Dwan Thornton rushed for 123 yards in win over Crimson Tide last month. Dunbar counters with senior DB Vontae Davis (seven interceptions), sophomore DB Renaldo Curtis (6 interceptions) and junior DE Trevon Pitt (11 sacks).
. When Dunbar Has the Ball: The Crimson Tide has averaged 54 points in winning its three games since the loss to Coolidge; junior QB Nathan Bussey has thrown 14 touchdown passes in that span. His main target, junior WR Arrelious Benn, has received numerous scholarship offers, including one from Notre Dame earlier this week. The Crimson Tide has been hampered, however, after losing leading rusher Jerry Johnson for the year after he fractured his ankle against the Colts. Coolidge's defense is paced by senior LB Marcellus Jackson (75 tackles) and junior NG Marvin Austin (67 tackles, six sacks). Jackson, who transferred from Gar-Field three years ago, scored a 1,200 on the SAT and is being recruited by several Big East and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schools.
-- Christian Swezey
Rushing Leaders Att.Yds. TDCoolidge RB Dwan Thornton 2111,689 20Coolidge RB Wayne Ouzts 5451111Dunbar RB Jerry Johnson* 67450 2Dunbar RB Vontae Davis 29254 3
Passing Leaders Comp.Att. Yds.Int.TDCoolidge QB Andre Glanville 346846643Dunbar QB Nathan Bussey 1081932,2297 30
Receiving LeadersRec.Yds.TDCoolidge WR Dwan Thornton 1183 1Coolidge WR Davon Vines 7125 1Dunbar WR Arrelious Benn 471,070 14Dunbar WR Vontae Davis 225119* Injured