Milstead, Ballou Win Championship

According to Lamar Milstead, Washington (D.C.) Ballou's claiming of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship was a culmination of the Knights fully uniting as one team.

"It was a hard fought win," said Milstead. "It was great. It took us a long time – the guys I've known for three years and guys I just started to get to know – to start meshing. But once we started to mesh together we started the shutouts and the 50 and over [points scored], and we got that Turkey Bowl victory."

The Turkey Bowl is the DCIAA's version of the NFL's Super Bowl. Milstead and company brought Ballou its first DCIAA title with a 34-33 victory over rival Washington (D.C.) Dunbar.

"It was tough," said Milstead. "[Dunbar] is a tough team, a tough bunch of guys. It was great win. It's still is a shock. It won't be real until I get that [championship] jacket."

Before the season, Milstead, a 6-foot-5 270-pounder, followed his coaching staff and teammates and transferred to Ballou from Washington (D.C.) Coolidge.

"It didn't really feel like a different team because we did it with the same coaching staff," said Milstead. "Maybe if we didn't mesh so well or maybe if there was friction between the guys that came over and the guys that were there first, then it would have felt different. Since I've been there, there have only been welcomes."

Milstead anchored Ballou's offensive line from both tackle positions and even tight end.

"Mentally, I think I got better," said Milstead. "Not playing the whole year because of my finger [injury] disappointed me. I felt I got better. Physically, I thought I got stronger."

One week prior to the start of the season, Milstead broke his finger and sat out five games.

As for Milstead's pledge, he remains firm to North Carolina. However, he is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to speak to the Tar Heels' new head football coach, Butch Davis.

"At this point and time, I'm still sticking [to my verbal commitment]," said Milstead. "I'm still waiting to talk to [Davis]. I'm sure he's a busy man and he's getting used to the school."

Milstead did, however, speak to his primary recruiter, Tommy Thigpen, early in the week.

"I talked to him Sunday," said Milstead. "He couldn't speak for any other coaches, but he told me that there's a good chance that he's staying. I don't know exactly what's going on with the coaching staff."

For Milstead, retaining Thigpen is a positive.

"That is one of the things that is keeping my commitment firm," said Milstead. "He's a great coach and he's a real good guy. That's not the only thing, but that's one of the main reasons I'm still committed to North Carolina."

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