Sophomore running back Abdul Adams rushed for 178 yards and scored two touchdowns to help the Wilson Tigers slide by the Dunbar Crimson Tide, 19-18, on Nov. 8 in Washington, D.C.
Adams was the player of the game, shaking the Crimson Tide’s defense with 15 total carries, including an exciting 35-yard run and ensuing touchdown at the end of the half. Adams also lit up the stadium with a thrilling 85-yard touchdown run, leaving Dunbar’s defense in the dust.
“All I was thinking about was the Turkey Bowl,” said Adams. “Anything I can do to help my team win the championship, I’m down for it. Anything for the team.”
With less than six minutes left in the game and the Crimson Tide down by one point, the pressure was on Dunbar quarterback Chrisdeion Alston to make magic happen in the red zone. But on fourth down, Alston was sacked by senior defensive end Ashad Guice, and Wilson held out for a 19-18 win.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game. Dunbar has a great team, great coaching staff,” said Wilson head coach Mark Martin. “We play them next week, so we really weren’t trying to show a lot.”
Wilson finished the regular season 8-3 overall, and 6-1 against DCIAA Stars opponents. Dunbar finished 6-3 overall, and 4-3 against league opponents.
This regular season finale solidified Wilson and Dunbar’s place as second and third seeds, respectively, in next week’s DCIAA Stars playoffs.