(WJLA) - The 44th annual Turkey Bowl is a sweet place to be on Thanksgiving Day. And it was even sweeter for Woodson High, who beat the Wilson High School Tigers 25-13.
During the game, students and alum debated who was going to win the big game.
"It's a good way to spend Thanksgiving with your friends that go to Wilson and support Wilson," said Erin Doherty.
The game had its exciting interceptions and touchdowns on both sides, as well as well-split loyalties like that of Councilmember Yvette Alexander, who represents the ward where Woodson is located. She nervously knitted her way through the game.
"I"m a Wilson alum and I represent Woodson, so what are you going to do?" she said.
It's about school spirit and pride and for Wilson High School, also known as the 'kings of D.C. baseball.' This is the first time they've been in a football championship in 22 years.
The two teams have been gearing up for the big championship football game, and just this past Monday at the Verizon Center, the teams were treated to a feast fit for a king. Athletes rolled up their sleeves and chowed down on a cuisine just days ahead of the game.
“It actually feels great. My first year being in the Turkey Bowl my senior year. It doesn't get any better than this,” said Woodrow Wilson’s A.C. Calhoun.
H.D. Woodson’s Daijon Carson said, “Both teams worked really hard to get to this point and basically the best team should win.”
At the luncheon honoring their athletic achievements this year, the players were nothing but polite. But on Thursday at Eastern High School's football field, they were all business in a re-match from earlier this season.
“They came to our house and we played a good football game and we were fortunate to come out on top,” said Steven Scott, H.D. Woodson’s head coach.
Woodrow Wilson’s head coach Mark Martin said, “That’s our only loss in league play this year.”
“This is a ritual here in the city,” said D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. “It's been for decades that this game has been played. I'm excited that we will hopefully have a full house again. I look forward to being out there.”
This is Woodson High's 11th official Turkey Bowl win.