DeQuan Turner fell to his knees, and looked up at the sky. He had just rolled out on fourth and goal from the Dunbar two-yard line, his team trailing 12-6, two minutes to go. And instead of running it — like he had all day in the 43rd Turkey Bowl — Anacostia’s dynamic quarterback decided to throw.
The ball sailed just high in the corner of the end zone, and Dunbar’s sideline erupted with relief.
Anacostia wasn’t expected to make much of a run this season in the DCIAA. And it wasn’t expected to deliver such a spirited performance on Thanksgiving morning. But in the end, Dunbar made enough plays to escape with a 12-8 victory in a thriller at Eastern High.
“We had to be resilient,” said Dunbar Coach Jerron Joe. “I knew [Anacostia] was going to come in fighting, swinging and clawing.”
Just a few days ago, Turner’s football career at Anacostia was over. His gear was checked in and washed after the Indians lost to Wilson in the DCIAA semifinal two weeks ago. But Wilson was disqualified earlier this week after D.C. Public Schools discovered the school had fielded an ineligible player earlier this season — forcing Anacostia (6-6) to scramble on Sunday to prepare for Dunbar, a program that was making its third consecutive appearance in the Turkey Bowl.