It’s not often in a season that a District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) school takes on a Washington Catholic League team in high school football, but the Sept. 23 matchup between Dunbar High and DeMatha proved to be an exciting one.
The DeMatha Stags escaped with a 27-19 victory thanks in large part to new starting quarterback Roman Williams. According to The Washington Post, the junior passer played his last two seasons with C.H Flowers High School in P.G. County, but transferred to Fishburne Military Academy in Staunton, Va. before eventually attending DeMatha this fall. Williams started the season as the fourth string quarterback, but was called on to start against Dunbar thanks to injuries and poor play from those ahead of him on the depth chart.
His tenure started off on shaky ground, as Dunbar returned the opening kickoff 87-yards for a quick touchdown. Williams then saw his very first pass of the game tipped and intercepted by Dunbar’s defense. That interception set Dunbar up for a rushing touchdown, and a 13-0 lead.
Williams would eventually bring DeMatha back, connecting on 26-yard and 41-yard touchdown passes. He finished 4-for-9 with 80 yards and two scores.
“I was just hoping for a shot,” Williams told the Post. “I knew I had to keep working hard, didn’t put my head down. . . . They told me to stay ready and once I got the call, I knew it was my opportunity. I knew how quick opportunities went. I went from four to one, but you can go from one to four just as quick.”
DeMatha advanced to 2-1 overall and will face Bishop O’Connell Oct. 1, while Dunbar fell to 2-2 overall and will take on Ballou Sept. 30.
In other DCIAA football action from the weekend:
McKinley Tech defeated Roosevelt, 37-15
Cardozo defeated KIPP College Prep, 6-0
Wilson defeated Anacostia, 19-6
Bell defeated Maya Angelou Evans, 38-0
Woodson lost to Glen Mills (Concordville, Pa.), 35-6