Games to watch

Weekend walk-through: D.C. and private schools

Thursday, September 9, 2010; 7:30 PM

Game to watch: DeMatha (1-0) vs. Friendship Collegiate (2-0), Saturday, 4:30 p.m. at McNamara

DeMatha almost certainly will look to improve its passing game; quarterback Nikolay Uherek was 0-of-5 with an interception against Loyola. The Stags , however, were plenty effective on the ground, using the trio of Delonte Morton, Darien Harris and Josh McPhearson to rack up yardage behind a sizable offensive line.

Morton, a 6-foot-1, 249-pound senior who has committed to Maryland, was especially impressive, using his size to rush for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Harris carried three times for 86 yards and McPhearson needed just seven carries to tally 108 yards and a touchdown; he also had a 61-yard kickoff return.

Friendship was very impressive last week in dismantling the Warriors. As expected, the Knights' running game, behind senior Malcolm Crockett (two touchdowns) was the backbone of their offense, but he didn't do it all by himself; juniors Isiah Hayes and Albert Reid proved capable of spelling Crockett.

Defensively, though, was where the Knights were at their best. They were exceptionally quick off the snap and gave Woodson no time to let plays develop in the backfield. Junior defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, whose 6-foot-4, 300-pound frame has made him a standout at combines, had a game to befit his raw talent, amassing 3 ½ sacks and four tackles for loss.

Around the area

If Natalie Randolph is going to win her first game as Coolidge (0-2) coach this weekend, it's going to come a day later than originally scheduled. The Colts' game at Parkersburg (W. Va). South was moved from Friday at 7 p.m. to Saturday at 1 p.m. That wasn't the only West Virginia high school football game pushed back. According to Parkersburg South Athletic Director Rick Leach, most of West Virginia high schools are playing Thursday or Saturday because the state's two biggest college programs - West Virginia and Marshall - are playing Friday night on ESPN. Leach said there is such passion for both college teams that attendance at high school games would drop dramatically if they were to play at the same time. . . . A week after having to forfeit its season opener to Theodore Roosevelt because it did not have enough players who completed the minimum preseason practice time, Anacostia is set to open Friday at home against Cardozo. Anacostia Athletic Director Frank Briscoe said he anticipates the Indians to have between 20 and 25 players in uniform, and twice that many still completing the required practices, hoping to get on the field in the next two weeks. Cardozo Coach and Athletic Director Bobby Richards, meantime, said he expects 25 players to be in uniform for the Clerks, who are also making their season debut. . . . No. 13 Dunbar has a tall order for its home opener; the Crimson Tide host Baltimore power Calvert Hall, which opened by beating St. John's, 24-7, and then eked past Spalding, 26-20, in triple overtime last week. Junior running back Curlee Walker has 317 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in two games.

-- Josh Barr and Alan Goldenbach

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