Greater D.C. football playoff roundup


We hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving Day last week and got your fill of all of the weekend's great playoff football action. We zip around the area to highlight some of the top performances from the last week of play.

Coolidge's defense had no answer for Dunbar RB Olu Izegwire in the DCIAA Turkey Bowl. The senior reached pay dirt twice in the first half to help the Crimson Tide capture their 10th title in a 33-21 win over Coolidge. The win was the second for Dunbar over Coolidge in three weeks and capped a tumultuous season for Dunbar, which endured the firing of head coach Ashaa Cherry in September (use of three ineligible players in a loss to Dunbar-Baltimore).

Virginia AAA playoffs

Westfield has dominated its head-to-head matchup with Centreville, winning every game between the two Virginia powers since 2001. Connor Coward made sure that trend would not continue. The senior DB came off the edge and got his arm in to punch away a potential game-tying field goal to power the Wildcats to a 27-24 win in the Northern Region Division 6 Finals. Manny Smith carried 30 times for 80 yards and two scores and Mitch Ferrick passed for 160 yards and added a rushing score for Centreville. Westfield's Kendell Anderson piled up 105 yards and a touchdown and Matthew Pisarcik accounted for more than 200 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Hylton's undefeated run came to an end in the Northwest Region playoffs as Battlefield scored a 28-13 upset. Few teams have been able to solve Hylton's defense, but the Bulldogs have been unable to solve Battlefield in the postseason and have dropped the last two playoff contests in the series. Andrew Smith churned out 114 yards on 20 carries and broke off a 43-yard burst to open the scoring, while Ryan Swingle had a passing TD and one rushing to key the victory. Hylton DB Chris Harris had a pick-six and Michael Price added a receiving touchdown in a losing effort.

Maryland Class 4A

Mark Green amassed 279 yards on the ground and found the end zone twice in the second quarter to break open a tight game and lead Quince Orchard to a 23-12 semifinal win over C.H. Flowers. QO advances to its first title game since the 2007 season...

Class 3A River Hill continued its resurgence this season after dispatching Aberdeen, 41-7, in the semifinals. Senior QB Ramaah Vaughn accounted for four scores (three rushing, one passing) as the Hawks have reeled off nine in a row.