Todd Tahj Roberts and the rest of his teammates on the Woodlawn High School football team had braced themselves for Tuesday’s conditioning test requiring a 100-yard sprint to be completed in fewer than 16 seconds — 10 times, no less.
But when the coaching staff ordered the players to walk the first lap, something didn’t seem right. And when the coaches had the players run only 50 yards, something smelled fishy.
It wasn’t until four Ravens cheerleaders and a large Ravens bus pulled up to the school at about 10:30 a.m. that coach Elwood Townsend finally let his players in on the surprise.
The conditioning test was a ruse, and the players were being treated to a tour of...