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Stephens Football Report






Robert Stephens - Featured Reporter

2014 High School Football Champions



December 21, 2013 - The 2014 football season ended with H.D. Woodson, Centreville, and Northwest being crowed as state champions.

H.D. Woodson fresh off their Turkey Bowl win over
Wilson on Thanksgiving Day defeated Friendship
Collegiate 25-8 at Catholic University to capture the
DCSAA state championship.

Woodson took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a six yard pass from Rashad Cooper to Jai Carson.

Both defenses dominated play in a rainy wet cold evening at Cardinal stadium.

In the second quarter Cooper connected with Parnell Motley on a 32 yard pass as the Warriors took a 12 to 0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

On the first play in the second half Cooper threw his third and final touchdown of the evening a 54 yard pass to D’Andre Payne as the Warriors upped their lead to 19-0. Cooper finished the night 11-20-186 yds.

Woodson’s defense was dominant stopping the Knights offense throughout the championship contest.

Woodson’s special teams recorded their final touchdown as Motley blocked a Friendship punt and returned it 35 yards to up the score to 25-0.

Collegiate finally scored on a DeAndre Parker pass to Jalen Tabor to make the final score 25-8.

Payne who was named MVP of the Turkey Bowl was tabbed as the game's MVP.

D.C. mayor Gray attended the championship contest and offered his view.

“It is a good day for the public school system in D.C.. H.D. Woodson played a great game tonite and it was wonderfull to see such a great game.”

Hall of Famer Bob Headen who lead the Warriors to eight titles was present and offered his thoughts.

“When you have Woodson across your chest your are expected to win and that’s what happened tonight.”

D’Andre Payne who was MVP of the Turkey Bowl was named MVP in the state championship game.

“Our coaches had us well prepared. We were ready tonight. It's now off to Tennessee to get ready for college".

On the touchdown pass that broke the game open at the start of the second half: “Parnell put it out their and I went and got it.”

In Virginia Centreville faced nationally ranked Oscar Smith for the 6A championship and game away with a 35-6 win over the previously undefeated team from the Tidewater area.

Centreville who finished their season at 15-0 proved that they were one of the better high school in the United States with the win.

Centreville rushed for 350 yards featuring AJ Turner who rushed for 182 yards on 18 carries. Scott Walter chipped in with 105 yards and Taylor Boose finished with 63 yards on the day.

The northern Virginia team led 14-0 after the first quarter. 21-0 at the half.

In full disclosure I did not attend a Centreville game despite their gaudy record. I can’t see everybody but ever given a second chance I’m there just have to get the directions from editor Ron Bailey !

Centreville’s win elevated them from being unranked to #15 in the United States according to USA Today. Rivals which has yet to come out with their final poll has them tanked number one in the state.

The Maryland 4A state title championship featured the top team from Montgomery County Northwest) against the top team from P.G. County (Suitland) at M&T Stadium in Baltimore.

The winner! Northwest as quarterback Mark Pierce threw for two touchdowns and running back E.J. Lee ran for two scores leading the Jaquars to a 33-16 win over Suitland.

Pierce a sophomore finished his afternoon 12-22-261 yards and two touchdowns. Pierce also ran for 27 yards in the win.

Rasheed Gillis returned a kickoff 56 yards to the one as special teams did their part in securing the win for Montgomery County who last captured the crown in 2008.

Northwest finished their at 12-2. Suitland suffered their first loss of the season and finished at 12-1.

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