Photo by: Cory F Royster Photography
BY: BEN KOSTYACK, STAFF WRITER
The Wilson football team prepares to face H.D. Woodson in this year’s annual Turkey Bowl, memories of last year’s controversy are still hanging around. Last season Wilson had an ineligible player and was unable to compete in the Turkey Bowl, putting a disappointing halt to a spectacular season.
This year Wilson hopes to rebound from that, with fresh faces and new talent leading the way. The 2013 game, played on Thanksgiving Day, is a shot at redemption for the Tigers.
Two season-standouts on the team are the two running backs, junior Larry Frazier and sophomore Abdul Adams. Adams is leading the team in rushing attempts and yards. Frazier and Adams are tied for rushing touchdowns with eight each.
Wilson’s overall record going into the Turkey Bowl is 9-3, with a conference record of 5-1. The only conference loss came in a hard fought 35-18 defeat against H.D. Woodson on October 19. On November 16 the Tigers put up an impressive showing against Dunbar to complete a three-game sweep of the Crimson Tide, led by senior quarterback Scot Beumel, who threw for 182 yards and a touchdown. Frazier and Adams also scored in the victory.
The Tigers’ most exciting game this year was without a doubt the Homecoming victory against Anacostia on November 2. Wilson got an early lead, ending the first quarter 13-0. However, Anacostia kept pressure on the Tiger defense, scoring fairly consistently over the next three quarters, but they were no match for Beumel and his persistent offense. The Tigers won the game in front of a homecoming crowd, 55-42.
Wilson’s season was a definite success, avenging past season losses to schools like Dunbar and Perry Street Prep, but also added victories against new opponents like John F Kennedy High School. Besides the Woodson loss, the two other defeats the team suffered this year came from DuVal, currently ranked 12th in the area by the Washington Post, and Surrattsville, the Maryland 1A North conference champions.
This year’s Turkey Bowl has a lot on the line, as last year’s seniors who missed this opportunity will be in the crowd cheering on their old teammates. “We are definitely going to play hard to win it not only for this year’s team, but also for last year’s seniors who didn’t get a chance to play in the Turkey Bowl,” Beumel said.
The game will be played at 11 a.m., Thanksgiving Day at Eastern High School. The address is 1700 East Capitol St SE Washington, DC 20003.