Against a slate of the nation's top ranked schools, the HD Woodson Warriors limped to a 0-4 start, scoring just 40 points total in the season's opening month. However, things have gotten back to normal over the past few weeks as the Warriors began conference play in the DCIAA.
Since their slow start, Woodson has scored 80 points in its last two games. The success may be due to the experience from a rough start, or because of the play of sophomore quarterback Bobby Enoch, whose 43-yard bomb to Deandre Payne pushed the Warriors to their second straight win in a 48-40 shootout win at home over the Anacostia Indians on Oct. 5.
Enoch was impressive for most of the night, but two costly turnovers allowed Anacostia to stay close before the sophomore signal caller finally delivered the knockout blow with two minutes remaining.
On a crystal clear night in the District, the schools mushed their way through a sloppy first half, combining for seven turnovers. Despite Woodson outgaining Anacostia by over 100 yards in the opening quarters, the Warriors only led 24-20 by halftime.
A 35-yard pass from senior quarterback Dequan Turner to junior running back Laquan Barber gave Anacostia a brief lead of 26-24 with 7:38 left in the third quarter, but Woodson would run off 16 straight points before taking a 40-26 advantage late into the fourth quarter.
With Woodson beginning to relax, Anacostia took full advantage, using good field position and a 35-yard drive to close the gap to 40-32. Enoch fumbled on the ensuing drive and Anacostia defensive lineman Travis Reed returned the ball to the Woodson eight-yard line. Turner and senior Tyray Johnson connected on the next two plays to even the score at 40-40 with 6:47 left.
Both schools stalled on their next offensive possessions before Enoch found Payne streaking behind Anacostia’s defense. The Woodson crowd erupted into a collective roar as Payne backpedaled into the end zone. Turner's last pass was intercepted, and a high-flying rivalry game was finally finished.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Woodson head coach Greg Fuller said afterward. “We have to manage the game the way it should be managed.”
Fuller was furious with the performance of his defense, but said he was pleased with the play of his offense and his star quarterback, who shared his coach's thoughts.
“It was a good game,” Enoch said. “We executed. We could've did better but we came out with the win.”
Woodson will face Spingarn on Oct. 12, while Anacostia will prepare for Arch Bishop Carroll on Oct. 8.
Here's a link to a video interview of Woodson sophomore quarterback Bobby Enoch after a 48-40 win on Oct. 5, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmZmMHxgSqg&sns=em