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Turkey Bowl — Coolidge (8-2) vs. Dunbar (8-3)
After stumbling out the gate with five consecutive losses last fall, Coolidge was overlooked as a viable opponent and identified as just the team with a female head coach. This year, no one is overlooking Natalie Randolph’s troops. The Colts began the year with wins in seven of their first eight games and upset H.D. Woodson in the DCIAA semis to reach the Turkey Bowl title game. They will face a Dunbar team that caught fire during the second half of the season with five consecutive wins. The two teams met three weeks ago in an instant classic as Dunbar converted a two-point conversion in overtime to capture a 43-42 win and the DCIAA West crown. Look for playmakers Curlee Walker (14 TDs) and Olu Izegwire (13 TDs) of Dunbar and Coolidge QB Femi Bamiro (17 passing TDs) to be the main factors in this championship contest.
ESPNW has a closer look at coach Randolph and her impact on Coolidge football. Check it out here.
Three more for the weekend:
Quince Orchard (12-0) vs. C.H. Flowers (9-3)
Flowers has upset a pair of contenders in Suitland and Eleanor Roosevelt. They hope to add QO to the list this week. Flowers defense will have its hands full with RB Mark Green, who has amassed more than 1,500 yards and 23 scores so far this fall. Look for WR Keith Payne to make plays in the passing game for upset-minded Flowers.
Westfield (12-0) vs. Centreville (11-1)
The regular season matchup between these two Virginia powers was epic, as Westfield capitalized on a late turnover to claim an OT win. Senior RB Manny Smith is coming off a huge 3-TD effort in last week’s win over Lake Braddock and leads Centreville's attack. Westfield stomped West Potomac, 42-34, behind 175 receiving yards from Quentin Basil.
South County (9-3) vs. Yorktown (12-0)
The Stallions were successful in upsetting one Virginia AAA favorite in Stone Bridge. Now they'll try to end Yorktown’s undefeated campaign. To accomplish that, Devin VanDyke and Co. will have to slow down a Yorktown offense that’s piling up 42 points a contest.
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