Robert Stephens, Featured Writer
Post season play is in full swing as the
school playoff begins this weekend.
November 14, 2013 - Last Friday night Friendship Collegiate
defeated Eastern Christian Academy one of the top teams in the state of
Maryland 27-24 in a thrilling come
from behind victory at Catholic University. The win solidified the Knights
spot in the upcoming DCSAA AA playoffs.
Senior linebacker Malik Harris stripped the ball and returned it 34 yards
for a touchdown with 2:49 remaining in the contest and the defense shut
down their opponents to secure their playoff spot.
“Malik saved the day” echoed linebacker Coach Curtis Allen
after the seniors exciting return.
Harris also had a pick six against St. Francis earlier this season against
Malik Harris (tackling) has been a force
Friendship had jumped out to a 21-8 halftime lead before
the Honey Badgers came storming back. The contest featured numerous division
one prospects on both sides in this tightly fought battle which featured
outstanding plays on both sides.
Head coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim after the game expressed his thoughts to
his team: “ I can’t tell you guys how proud I am of this team.
On that that that note you guys are going to the playoffs. We have to
get ready for this stretch run.”
Friendship this year played a brutal schedule playing several nationally
ranked teams which challenged the athletes all season. In the Knights
victory two weeks ago they defeated previously unbeaten New York city
power Poly Prep 27-7.
“It was high’s and lows, we got a touchdown on offense, we
got a touchdown on defense, and we got a touchdown on special teams.”
said Abdul-Rahim, exhaling victory. You really can’t ask for a better
victory when you talk about all three aspects of the game.”
Defeating a nationally ranked program has its significance with the coach
and the program.
“I am definitely happy with the win (over another nationally ranked
program) and happy for the program.”
Linebacker Malik Harris described the play which put the Knights up for
“It was a quarterback blitz. Come in an get the quarterback.”
said Harris. “We needed a big play at the end of the game and we
“All season we prided ourselves as having one of the toughest
schedules in America and this was the last team on our schedule which
was nationally ranked and we put it all together. Got to got healthy and
looking forward to the playoffs.”
Friendship will now face Perry Prep Charter on November 23rd. We will
have more info next week.
Meanwhile in other DCIAA play.
On Friday at 7pm. Eastern will hosts McKinley and Roosevelt will travel
to Phelps. On Saturday at Cardozo at noon Dunbar will face Wilson and
at 2:30 Ballou will face H.D. Woodson. During the regular season Wilson
(8-3) defeated Dunbar twice 13-6 and 19-18. Woodson (8-3) defeated Ballou
twice during the regular season 33-0 and 50-0.
The WCAC Championship will be held Saturday at 2pm. at Byrd Stadium on
the campus of Maryland University. DeMatha (10-1) will face St. John’s
(9-2) for the title. The Stags defeated the Cadets 26-21 earlier this
In Maryland check with your local schools as the following teams are in
the playoff hunt. In the 4A large school division Paint Branch (9-1),
Sherwood (9-1), Suitland (10-0), DuVal (9-1), Wise (7-3), C.H. Flowers
(7-3), Quince Orchard (9-1), Northwest (8-2), Gaithersburg (8-2), and
(7-3) are in. In 3 A Lackey (8-2), Westlake (6-4), and Damascus (9-1)
are in. In 2 A its Gwynn Park (10-0), Douglass (8-2), and Poolesville
(7-3). In 1A its Surrattsville (8-2) and Forestville (8-2)
In Virginia in 6 A Centreville (10-0), Lake Braddock (10-0), Westfield
(8-2), Langley (8-2), T.C. Williams (6-3), Yorktown (8-2), Fairfax (7-3),
Hylton (9-1), and Woodbridge (6-4) are in.
In 5 A Stone Bridge (8-2), Briar Woods (9-1), and
Broad Run (7-3) are in. Check with schools on start
and location times.