Turkey Bowl preview: Wilson vs. H.D. Woodson


H.D. Woodson proved too tough for Wilson in their regular-season meeting, but the Tigers are fired up for their first Turkey Bowl appearance since 1991. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
The 44th Annual Turkey Bowl

Wilson vs. H.D. Woodson

11 a.m., at Eastern High School

At stake: A berth in the DCSAA AA title game on Dec. 6 at Catholic University

Watch for: Wilson’s defense against H.D. Woodson’s running game. The Warriors (9-3) are led by RB Jai Carson (1,410 yards, 14 touchdowns); he has rushed for more than 100 yards in six of his last seven games, including 155 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in a 35-18 win over the Tigers earlier this season. H.D. Woodson also has dangerous runners in QB Rashad Cooper and WR D’Andre Payne, who had two carries for 63 yards and two touchdowns in the first meeting. Wilson’s defense, led by LB Acey Calhoun (58 tackles, 16 sacks), is coming off a strong performance against Dunbar in the DCIAA semifinals two weeks ago — it held the Crimson Tide to 115 yards. The Tigers (9-3) have won four straight games since losing to the Warriors on October 19.

Skinny: After being disqualified from the Turkey Bowl last year due to an ineligible player, the Tigers are making their first appearance in the game since 1991, and do so with QB Scott Beumelfresh off one of his best games of the season in the semifinals (14 for 18, 182 yards, one touchdown). The Warriors are making their first appearance since they won three straight city titles from 2008-10.

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.

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