Robert Stephens, Featured Writer
Friendship continues upgraded
schedule effort this weekend.
August 29, 2013 - Under Armour, the athletic shoe and
clothing company is sponsoring " Brothers in Arms Classic"
at the University of Maryland Sunday and Monday, as part of a multi-state
competition with some of the nation's top high school programs on the
The Classic is also featured in the states of Alabama, California, Pennsylvania,
Georgia, Ohio, and Texas.
The following games are set for Sunday September 1st at Bryd Stadium:
12p - DC city champion Friendship Collegiate will face St. Francis of
4p - Gonzaga will face Coca Beach Florida.
7p - Gillman will face Manatee of South Florida.
On Monday at 3pm. DeMatha will face Tallahassee Godby, the two time Florida
Friendship Collegiate has become a force
in DMV high school football (Friendship Collegiate)
Recently Friendship Collegiate traveled to Delray Beach
last week and defeated Atlantic High School 34-0. The Knights after leading
7-0 at the half, exploded for 27 points in the second half.
In the third quarter Friendship's defense forced a fumble and took advantage
of Atlantic's miscue with Jonathan Haden scoring from 4 yards out with
8:51 remaining in the third quarter, making the score 13-0. Ashton White
raced 52 yards on a punt return with 4:13 remaining, creating a 19-0 Friendship
At the start of the fourth quarter with Atlantic deep in its own territory,
the Knights forced a safety, upping the score to 21-0. Friendship' s defense
continued to dominate the fourth quarter, and with 9:41 remaining Kelvit
Barrett ran for a 15 yard touchdown to make the score 28-0.
At 5:58 left, Jalen Tabor with 5:58 remaining scored on a 62 yard punt
return, creating the final score 34-0.
I had a chance to talk to head coach Azaar Abdul-Rahim before the season
opener and we discussed a variety of topics concerning Friendship Collegiate
and its program:
You play a very competitive schedule was that by design?
"It was by design and necessity; we have aspirations of being a great
program; you have to play and beat great teams. You get better that way
I think, you get better in the long run. We play four of the top 100 teams
in the country."
Does playing the caliber of teams that you face increase the exposure
of your student athletes?
"Definitely. When a college coach can recognize both uniforms and
programs on highlight films and tapes it's always a good thing. They respect
both programs and they believe that a kid can play on that level because
of the competition they play against."
Your offense and your assessment?
"I have been impressed with our offensive line, they are all underclassmen,
they have experience from playing last year. We have a three year starting
quarterback in DeAndre Parker, the running back is very explosive (Johnathan
Haden) who has committed to the University of Arizona. I like our wide
receivers, we have a lot of experience on offense."
What about your defense?
"Defense is going to be a work in progress. It's going to be a lot
of new starters, we only return two starters on defense. " We are
going through growing pains right now, but the two returning starters
I have are two BCS caliber players in Jalen Tabor and Daejuan Funderburk
(Temple). I'm looking for our offense to carry us in the early part of
How was the experience last year playing for the city championship?
"It was a good experience for everyone." It was the first time
a charter school had played for a state title football championship. It
was ground breaking and you never take away the first of anything especially
for the alumni that have played here the last eight or nine years who
were on the sidelines to experience that and we were happy for them. I
just think it's good for the city to have a united championship"
What coach Abdul-Rahim has been able to do at Friendship, playing a national
schedule, setting the bar where it is for the year 2013 is truly a testament
to his belief in his program. When I first saw the schedule my reaction
was OMG as they say in the technical world of today. There is no doubt
why they are the only public school representing the DMV.
There were a couple of games this past weekend.
Gillman defeated Good Counsel 20-14. Good Counsel has lost their running
back Leo Ekowge it appears for the rest of the season. Charlotte Catholic
defeated Gonzaga 35-28. St. John's beat Calvert Hall of Baltimore 17-7.
and Riverdale Baptist defeated Kipp 42-6.
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