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Ballou Beats Friendship Collegiate, 39-28, To Claim DCSAA Championship

By By Callie Caplan; Washington Post; Photograph by Toni L. Sandys; Washington Post, 12/03/17, 7:15AM EST


Ballou Coach Minoso Rodgers is doused with water by his players after the Knights beat Friendship Collegiate, 39-28, to win the DCSAA Class AA football championship at Georgetown University. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

As his Ballou teammates jumped around him, some jawing with the Friendship Collegiate cheerleaders and others hugging anyone who passed by, Romeo Leftwich lay on the field at Georgetown, staring blankly at the sky.

The senior had just spent Saturday evening blocking for an offense that produced 368 yards and rampaging through No. 7 Friendship Collegiate’s backfield to lead a defensive line that had seven sacks in a 39-28 victory.