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Coolidge, at 5-2, eager to take on 5-1 Dunbar
(Published October 17, 2005)

By DAVID STEINBACHER
Special to The Common Denominator

Impressive kicking by junior Ebba Wege highlighted Coolidge's 28-0 victory over the overpowered Friendship-Edison Knights in a non-league varsity football clash Oct. 14 that left the 5-2 Colts eager to take on the defending DCIAA champion Dunbar Crimson Tide.

The Colts host the Tide at 3 p.m. Oct. 21 in a D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association West Division contest that, with a Coolidge victory, could put the Colts in a two-way tie for first place or, with a Dunbar win, put the perennial league leaders in firm control more than midway through the season.

Dunbar shut out the Wilson Tigers 28-0 Oct. 14, upping their record in league play to 2-0 and their overall record to 5-1. Coolidge is 1-0 in league play.

"We're going to have to play mistake-free football," Coolidge Head Coach Jason Lane said of his team's prospects against Dunbar. "We are happy where we are right now at 5-2 overall, but we're not going to really be satisfied until we one day become city champions that is our ultimate goal here at Coolidge."

Coolidge Athletic Director Adrian Dixon noted a renewal of school spirit at his Northwest Washington school this year.

"There is a lot of enthusiasm here at the school not just for football, but for all of the sports teams here this fall," Dixon said.

The home fans at Coolidge had to wait until the second quarter to see their Colts score against the Friendship-Edison Knights, but it would turn out to be the decisive touchdown of the contest.

Five-foot-seven junior running back Dwan Thornton took the handoff from junior quarterback Andre Glanville. Thornton then jitterbugged behind the line of scrimmage and cut to the right side as he broke a couple of tackles and successfully headed to the right corner of the endzone from 38 yards out.

The Friendship-Edison Knights, coached during this game by Acting Head Coach Mike Duhan, threatened after the kickoff, marching 55 yards on 10 plays to the Coolidge 5-yard line. However, at the conclusion of their 55-yard drive, the Knights coughed the ball up via a fumble that was recovered by Coolidge junior defensive end Gregory Bagley.

Instead of the game conceivably being tied up at seven apiece, the Colt defense had risen to the occasion and kept the shutout intact, essentially shutting down the Knights' offense for the rest of the half.

With 1:29 remaining before halftime, the Colts got the ball one more time in the first half and marched 44 yards on six plays into the endzone when Glanville connected with Thornton on an 11-yard scoring strike. Thornton caught the ball on the left side at about the 3-yard line. The junior did a "spin move" to the outside and dove in at the pylon for the score. Following junior placekicker Wege's successful conversion, the Colts led 14-0 with four seconds to go in the half.

"This was only my third game playing organized football -- I'm starting to really focus on the kicking," said Wege, a soccer-style right footed kicker.

To open up the second half, Coolidge punted on its first offensive series and then the dam broke for the Knights.
Friendship-Edison was faced with a fourth and 15 play from the Knights' own 25-yard line. Instead of unloading a successful punt, the snap from center was poor and junior linebacker/tight end/squad-captain Kobi Williams fell on the loose ball in the endzone for yet another Coolidge touchdown.

Following Wege's PAT, the Colts were firmly in control, 21-0, with 7:35 remaining in the third quarter.

After four Friendship-Edison offensive plays, including a 20-yard pass completion from sophomore quarterback Delonte Williams to senior tight end Geraldo Powell, Coolidge senior safety Curtis Howard intercepted the ball. Thornton ran the ball twice for the Colts, but later in the sequence Glanville was intercepted by Friendship-Edison junior defensive back Brandon Baker. The Knights were not able to cash in, however.

Down the stretch, Coolidge put its final touchdown on the board when the multi-talented Thornton took a punt to the house from 85 yards out. Wege once again was successful and the score of 28-0 held up down the stretch.

"My kicking has been going good so far. I've played soccer since I was 7 or 8 years old. I make sure that when I kick the football that it goes straight," Wege said.

Coolidge Coach Lane had kind words for the opposing team: "Even though Friendship-Edison is not officially part of the DCIAA, they can compete with most of the teams in the DCIAA, and they are a very credible program."

On the day, Coolidge was paced offensively by Thornton with 23 rushes for 151 yards, as well as three receptions for 12 yards. Friendship-Edison was paced offensively by senior Adam Madden, who had five rushes for 48 yards. Madden also caught three balls for 27 yards and senior Devon Robinson caught four balls for 25 yards.

Defensively for Coolidge, senior defensive back Curtis Howard recorded two interceptions and senior linebacker Kobi Williams (on special teams) as well as junior linebacker Romale Tucker and junior defensive end Gregory Bagley each recovered a fumble.

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