The H.D. Woodson Senior High Warriors were supposed to be celebrating their homecoming with a football game against District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) opponent Wilson High on Friday, Sept. 30 at the school’s brand new football field located at 55th Street NE. But the homecoming show soon turned into the “Kenny Crawly Show,” as the senior receiver/cornerback ripped Wilson for three touchdowns, leading Woodson to a 24-6 win.

Crawly made an immediate impact, retuning the game-opening kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown, giving his team an early 6-0 lead. By the end of the first quarter Crawly had scored another touchdown, this time catching a 40-yard touchdown pass, pushing Woodson ahead, 12-0. The Warriors went up, 18-0, after a third and final Crawly touchdown catch, caught 20 yards out, just minutes before halftime.

“We wanted to get the ball in my hands early and often,” said Crawly, who confirmed with the AFRO that he is committed to joining Tennessee University’s football program next fall. The senior receiver was seen wearing a yellow Tennessee flag on his waist throughout the game against Wilson.

Crawly, at 6-foot-1-inch-tall, also played outstanding defense from the cornerback position, not allowing a pass reception on his side of the field, despite often being matched up against a 6-foot-4-inch-tall receiver from Wilson. Woodson blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone near the end of the third quarter to go up, 24-0.

Wilson finally got on board with a short touchdown pass late in the game, on the side of the field away from Crawly, to stamp the final score at 24-6.

“It feels pretty good to be back home and pick up a win,” Woodson coach Greg Fuller told the AFRO. Woodson had just come from a two-week road trip against tough non-conference competition. They had lost 35-5 against Glen Mills High School of Concordville, Pa. on Sept. 23; they fell 35-14 to Washington High School of Massillon, Ohio on Sept. 16.

“We have to do a better job of going out and competing against some of the better teams around the country, but the overall experience of traveling out of the area was great,” Fuller said. “They treated us well at both schools and we definitely look forward for rematches in the future.”

Woodson (2-3 overall) will now prepare for another DCIAA contest against Spingarn, scheduled for Oct. 7. Spingarn (3-2 overall) is coming off a 52-6 loss to Riverdale Baptist on Sept. 30.

Here are other DCIAA football scores from the weekend:

McKinley Tech beats Cardozo, 26-6
Coolidge blasts Anacostia, 52-0
Dunbar beats Ballou, 53-13
Roosevelt falls to Maret, 38-20

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor