On the opposite sideline, Douglass coach Willis Alexander could easily point to the mistakes that cost his team.
“Turnovers are the difference,” said Alexander, whose team gave the ball away five times in all. “A three-score game and they scored three times off our turnovers. Every turnover, they capitalized off of. If we hold onto the ball down inside the 10, they don't have the opportunity for the 90-yard pass.”
Defensively, Douglass played well, allowing 135 of the Hornets' 245 total yards on two pass plays, both on scoring drives. Washington had only eight first downs, two of them in the second half.
The win ups the Hornets' record in the all-time series to 53-22-3 in the first meeting since the 2002 playoffs. And the intensity of the game was alive and well.
“This was great,” Caligone said. “It was fun out here. Being out here, finding out who the real orange and black is, I loved it. I wish I could come back next year so I could do it again.”