LANHAM – The Eleanor Roosevelt High School football team rushed for over 350 yards and displayed an outstanding defensive performance to defeat DuVal High School 41-6 on Sept. 28.
The Raiders (2-2) showed their dominance early in the game’s opening drive as safety Kathir Muhammad intercepted an attempted pass. Quarterback Deon Rush took advantage of the short field position and rushed for a quick touchdown to give Roosevelt an early 6-0 lead.
The Raiders’ rushing attack wore down DuVal as Roosevelt finished with 352 yards and five touchdowns. Senior running back Dave Hines rushed for 33 yards in his first game back off an injury and senior Matthew Eugene Wilson added 75 yards on 13 carries while scoring two touchdowns.
Sophomore Khalil Graves ran through two defenders to score Roosevelt’s fourth score of the game as they entered halftime with a 25-point lead.
“The line did everything for me today,” Graves, who rushed for 64 yards, said. “We made sure we went for every play but our potential is good, if we do our jobs, fix the mistakes, we’ll be pretty good the rest of the season.”
The Raiders continued their physical play as Graves added a second rushing touchdown while their defense limited DuVal to 153 yards of total offense. Roosevelt earned a safety for two more points while junior John Miller made a timely interception to cap off a strong win by the Raiders.
According to Head Coach Thomas Green, the win was very important as they prepare for their hardest stretch of games this season.
“We have Oxon Hill, Flowers and Laurel coming up, which is a tough stretch,” said Green. “We definitely have to play better than we did against Suitland and Wise if we want to come out with some wins but it’s a tough stretch so we just have to try and limit our mistakes and see what we can do.”
With seconds remaining in the game, junior Tristan Holliday rushed a short gain to score DuVal’s only touchdown. The Tigers will look to earn their first win of the season when they travel to High Point High School on Oct. 7.