Even during warmups for Saturday afternoon’s Gravy Bowl, it was clear players on the Coolidge football team had their minds on bigger things. The Colts were chanting and jumping around the field to psych themselves up, brimming with confidence and eager for the opportunity ahead.
To achieve its goal, Coolidge had to prove it had outgrown the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Stripes Division by repeating as champions — and it passed the final test in a 14-6 win over Anacostia at Theodore Roosevelt High. The Colts’ second consecutive Stripes title secured their promotion to the DCIAA’s Stars Division for next season.
After several blunders cost Anacostia (6-5) a win in its previous matchup with Coolidge (7-4), Indians Coach Seneca Surles stressed that shutting down the Colts’ running game would be essential to standing a chance. The problem, as it turned out, was that Coolidge’s defense was equally adept at preventing any big plays. And after working out some early jitters, the Colts found their stride with running back Malachi Williams leading the charge.
After Williams’s 57-yard run injected energy into the crowd, Ronnell Wheeler’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Allante Stubbs put Coolidge on top. From there, it was all Colts.