WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- If you showed up late to Friday's Coolidge-Gonzaga season opener at Georgetown University, you may have missed most of the action. Gonzaga scored 21 of its points in the first quarter, en route to a 35-0 victory over the Colts.
Football fans in the area were introduced to what could be one of the most dynamic backfields in the entire area. Junior Robbie Walker and sophomore Reginald Corbin each scored two touchdowns; both running through and around Coolidge defenders.
Walker did most of the heavy loading and Eagles coach Aaron Brady called the tailback "a warrior." Walker even intercepted a fake punt and returned it 70-yards to the house, but the score was later called back due to a Gonzaga holding penalty.
"We didn't have game film against them so we didn't know what to expect. But we really stressed the run game," said Walker, who is generating college interest from Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Rutgers.
When asked if he thought this Coolidge game wasn't a big enough test for his team looking forward, coach Brady wholeheartedly agreed.
"Absolutely. That's why we were trying to keep it up in the first half with our offense; because next week is going to be a war. McDonogh is very good. They are one of the top teams in Baltimore," said Brady.
Brady was also quick to praise the way his defense played against one of the DCIAA's most athletic teams.
"They have some talented kids, there's no doubt if they have some room, [Coolidge] could go to the house. So we're proud of our defense."
For Coolidge, the 2012 season began in a completely different way than the 2011 opener -- which ended in a 47-6 drumming over Ballou. The Colts were flat offensively under new quarterback Jameel Kirkland, who admittedly played the game with leg cramps. Coolidge's run stopping efforts were even worse, as Gonzaga's offensive line opened running lanes with relative ease.
Maybe our no.12 ranking for Gonzaga was a little low. We will reevaluate in the coming week.