The Pumas of Dr. Henry Wise will battle the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders on Friday in one of the most intriguing up and coming rivalries in the nation. Dr. Henry Wise High School opened its doors in 2006 and sparked a rivalry with Eleanor Roosevelt. The Pumas lost the first two games of the series by a combined 74 points. Since then it has been a complete different story. Six of the 9 games between the two have been decided by 8 points or less including last year’s 23-22 Raider victory. Wise is currently leading the all-time series 5-4.
The Dr. Henry Wise Pumas are looking to reclaim the 4A South Region title, a title they won 3 straight times from 2008-2010. The Pumas ended last season on a 1-point loss to Suitland in the first round of the playoffs. They enter the 2012 season as the favorite to win a very competitive 4A South Region. One of the reasons they are picked as the favorite is because of an offensive line that returns four starters highlighted by first team All-Gazette player Antonio Harris. Chase Powell will be the starting running back full-time this year. Powel stepped in last year after Uriah Bethea went down with an injury. Despite not starting the entire season, Powell finished the 2011 season with almost 1,000 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns. Senior outside linebacker Frank Porter will anchor the defense.
Eleanor Roosevelt will try to rebuild a team that lost 22 starters from last season. The Raiders do return senior James Warren who will play quarterback. Warren has thrown for 215 yards and 4 touchdowns this season so far. Mike Mofor leads the Raider running game with 166 yards rushing on the season. The defense is highlighted by senior free safety Justin Brown. Brown had 2 interceptions in their win against Bowie last weekend, including one that was returned 65 yards for a touchdown. Jaylen Powell leads the team in tackles with 10 to go along with 4 sacks on the season.