After capturing a deep pass to allow his team to score two touchdowns, senior away receiver Jalen Hamilton sprinted to Friendship Collegiate's bench.
This moment had been a long time coming. Since Friendship's defeat against Ballou in the AAAA title match with the D.C.
Hamilton and his Friendship teammates had a taste of redemption with a 13-0 win in white play against H.D. Woodson on Saturday at Eastern Senior High.
"I changed a lot of things last year after losing another championship because it hurt," Hamilton said. "We have been working on this piece several times this week and we said that if we performed it correctly, it would work.
Friendship (10-3) quickly took the lead, senior halfback Amirr Abdul-Rahim intercepted a pass from Woodson quarterback Jordon Sharp and sent him back for a touchdown in the middle of the first quarter. .
"I only had to set the tone for the match without points," said Abdul-Rahim.
Hamilton's landing helped the Knights' defense to be more comfortable in the fourth quarter, forcing the Woodson players to make late turnovers.
"It's the defense, that's what we do," Abdul-Rahim said. "That's what we did all season."
The Knights have won the DCSAA title twice in three years. The last friendship championship was against Woodson in 2016, a 13-0 shutout in the other direction.
"These kids are working very hard and we want them to feel that way at the end of the year," said Mike Hunter, the coach of friendship. "This year we said we would come back to win the title."
It was a bitter end to a Woodson (9-4) team that won nine straight games after losing the first three games of the season.
The friendship had already been in this position, which made Saturday even more enjoyable.
As time passed, Hamilton rebounded on the sidelines to congratulate his teammates for their victory.
"It means a lot to win with this group of guys," said Hamilton. "Some of those guys I know from college, so it's important to bring the championship back to Friendship."