“It felt good,” said Adams of his first varsity touchdown catch. “Knowing that we’re one win away from winning it all. . . . It’s real big. We haven’t been in a long time. Everybody is just excited.”
Adams gave Wilson the momentum-changing play it desperately needed late in the first half. The Tigers trailed, 20-13, with less than a minute before intermission, and their entire sideline appeared deflated after Anacostia (6-5) had converted several clutch plays to take the lead. Adams then caught a screen pass from quarterback Scott Beumel and sprung untouched for a 65-yard touchdown.
“Oh, Abdul is going to be special,” said Wilson Coach Mark Martin. “Abdul is in the ninth grade. He’s got three more years, man. He made some big plays for us, and he’s going to be making big plays for us for three more years.”
Wilson quickly scored several minutes into the third quarter, on a two-yard touchdown run from Kenyon Bundy, and Beumel broke the game open with a 74-yard touchdown throw to Taylor Hazel later in the quarter. Beumel completed just four passes on the day, but finished with 205 yards passing. Anacostia quarterback DeQuan Turner had a stellar first half, completing 15 of 18 for 139 yards and accounted for all three of the Indians’ touchdowns. But Wilson swarmed the talented Turner in the second half, and he completed just five passes after halftime.
Wilson, which beat Dunbar two weeks ago to secure the DCIAA East regular season title, will meet a rejuvenated Crimson Tide team that gutted out a 28-14 win in Saturday’s nightcap at Cardozo. Quarterback Lamel Matthews compiled 163 yards of total offense and threw a touchdown pass, and Malont’a Patterson added 92 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Crimson Tide, the defending DCIAA champions.