WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) — In a wild, high-scoring game, the Friendship Collegiate Knights (3-0) held off a frantic Wilson Tigers’ (1-2) comeback attempt for a nail-biting 52-44 victory in the finale of the inaugural D.C. State Athletic Association Pigskin Kickoff classic.
In the first half it looked as though Friendship would run away with the game. Knights kick returner Edward Morgan ran the opening kickoff back 90-yards for a touchdown and things just got worse for Wilson from there. Three first half drives by Wilson ended with special teams blunders. Two bad snaps to the punter resulted in safeties while a third was recovered by Friendship in the end zone for a touchdown.
Meanwhile, Friendship was able to move the ball down the field led by running back Jay Cammon and blue chip prospect OL Quarvez Boulware. Cammon scored two of his three touchdowns in the first half and ran for nearly 200 yards in the game.
Wilson’s lone first half score came on a 4th & goal Steve Williams 9-yard touchdown pass to Kareem McDonald. Despite the sloppy special teams play, Wilson’s defense kept the Tigers in the game by stopping two redzone drives with 4th down sacks by DB Donovan Ferguson.
Friendship took a 32-7 lead into halftime but Wilson, led by first-year starting quarterback Steve Williams and Eastern Carolina commit Abdul Adams, did not quit. Wilson scored on its opening drive of the second half on a Williams’ four-yard touchdown pass to WR Juwan Hikim. Wilson played solid defense, but another mistake by the Tigers’ special teams’ led to a Friendship touchdown. An 89-yard kick return touchdown by Adams and two more touchdown passes from Williams brought Wilson to within 8 points, but there was simply no answer for Cammon who all but shut the door with his third touchdown with just over two minutes to go in the game. Adams would add another return for touchdown on the ensuing kickoff, but it turned out to be too little too late.
Friendship Collegiate (3-0) travels to Imhotep (PA) on Saturday while Wilson (1-2) will look to get back on track at Surrattsville next week.