It was being billed as the Battle of Northeast. Friendship Collegiate Prep has made its mark in recent years, most recently as 2022 DC State champion. The H.D. Woodson program has been a mainstay in DCIAA high school football over the past two decades.
The fact that the two schools are less than 10 minutes apart in far Northeast, D.C. added more intrigue. The stage was set for bragging rights. It was Friday night under the lights at H.D. Woodson in far Northeast Washington.
The game started out as one of two competitive programs battling it out, but after the Knights (4-1) took over the game following a 66-yard interception by defensive back Keyon Starkey-Webb, that spurred a 19-0 first quarter lead that Friendship never relinquished en route to a 45-12 win.
The Knights (4-1) came into the game ranked locally and showed why they are highly touted. On a day when the offense was not clicking early, it was the defense and special teams play that pretty much dictated the outcome.