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There was a lot of chatter leading up to the 2015 Gravy Bowl between the Eastern Ramblers and Bell Griffins.

After Eastern lost in dramatic fashion to Bell, 28-26, on Oct. 16, players and fans speculated about the game’s unusual finish. Two students ran across the field in the final minute of the fourth quarter, providing Bell with an unexpected timeout to set up the game-winning touchdown.

Eastern (9-4) silenced the talk at the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA)’s Gravy Bowl with a 45-8 rout of Bell on Nov. 25.

Animosity was clearly present on the field, as several personal fouls were called throughout the evening. However, Eastern quarterback Jarome Johnson, a junior, said the tension only made his team hungrier.

“We don’t talk trash, we play football,” Johnson said.

Johnson played like a man on a mission, racking up 405 total yards including 234 rushing yards and 171 passing yards. Johnson’s five touchdowns and four turnovers reflect the unpredictability of his game.

“He’s unique,” said senior wide receiver Traevon Battle, “He can run and he can throw, which opens it up for everybody.”

Battle caught two touchdown passes in the first quarter, and led all receivers with 63 yards.

Bell star running back Charles Brooks rushed for more than 2,000 yards this season. Although Eastern’s defense was not able to contain him—he ran for 227 yards—they were ultimately able to keep him out of the end zone.

Eastern handed Bell (11-1) its only loss of the season and took home their second-straight Stripes division championship.

Eastern will face Sidwell Friends in the D.C. State Athletic Association Class A championship game on Nov. 28 at Catholic University.