Howard QB Donovan Cartwright

Howard QB Donovan Cartwright

Howard's Donovan Cartwright threw two touchdown passes, and the Wildcats converted both 2-point tries as they held off defending-champion Woodbridge 16-15 in the DIAA Division 2 State Championship Game.

Howard led 8-7 at halftime, and they extended the lead to 16-7 when Cartwright threw a jump ball in the left side of the endzone that Ky'eem Williams caught in a dual-posession sitation on a 21-yard touchdown. Karvin Reeves then ran in on a counter play to give the Wildcats a critical 9-point lead.

Woodbridge responded with a 71-yard drive of their own, going into a tight sing-wing formation with Ricky Kane operating out of a 3-yard shotgun. He eventually found the end zone on a 2-yard draw, and then Dalton Perdue ran a similar play for 2 points, it was a 16-15 game with 3:59 to go in the 3rd quarter.

The ensuing kickoff wasn't fielded cleanly by Howard, and Woodbridge's Brenton Williams fell on it at the Howard 22-yard line, but they went 4-and-out due to Howard's defense, keeping them down 1.

After Howard turned the football over on downs at the Woodbridge 16, the Blue Raiders had one last chance, but a fumble was recovered by Howard LB Michael Brock, and Cartwright found Tyair Spencer on an inside slant for a first down with under 2:00 left to lock up the title.

Cartwright got the Wildcats on the board on their opening drive, as he found Ty'air Spencer for a 1-handed catch on 4th down that went for a 21-yard touchdown, and an 8-0 lead after Keshaun Watson's 2-point run.

After the teams traded 3-and-outs, including a close play where Cartwright was nearly sacked in the end zone, but was ruled down at the half yard line, Tyrez Cannon cracked off a 37-yard touchdown run for Woodbridge, Xavier Hayes kicked the extra point, but that one point not tried turned into the difference.

The victory gives Howard their second title, joining the 2015 title team, while Woodbridge missed out on winning their third title in four years.

In the Division I state championship game, Hodgson won their third state title since 2013, but first as a Division I school with a 54-31 victory over Flight A rival Middletown.

Dover claimed their first DIAA/Special Olympics Unified Flag Football Championship with a 34-16 win over McKean.