Weekend walk-through: D.C. and privates

By Alan Goldenbach and Josh Barr
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, September 23, 2010; 2:01 PM

Dunbar (3-1) at No. 20 Ballou (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

It was tough to notice Ballou's Delonte Edwards the last time the Knights' quarterback faced Dunbar.

In 2008, as a 5-foot-7 sophomore, Edwards appeared to be all helmet and shoulder pads, and he crouched down so low under center to retrieve the snap, his backside nearly touched the ground.

Edwards and Ballou didn't do much to warrant much notice that day, as they lost to the Crimson Tide, 41-0, in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association semifinals. That, however, was a long time ago to Edwards.

"We haven't played them in two years," he said. "I'm a very different guy now."

When the 20th-ranked Knights host Dunbar Friday, it will be hard to miss Edwards, who now stands close to 6-feet tall.

He has led Ballou to a 3-0 start - in which the Knights have outscored their opponents by a combined 101-13 - and has completed 35 of 54 passes for 595 yards and five touchdowns in his third season as the starter.

Numbers aside, though, Edwards' biggest accomplishment might be the presence he brings to the field.

"I've got two Division I linemen," Ballou Coach Moe Ware said, referring to 6-8 senior Jamar Lewter (committed to North Carolina) and 6-4, 300-pound Lamonte Clark (Kansas State), "and Delonte is the leader of this team. No question."

Around the area

After having to forfeit its opener on Sept. 7 due to a lack of players, Eastern will have 21 in uniform Friday when the Ramblers host Cardozo. The Clerks, meantime, are looking to continue their strong start; a victory would put them at 3-0.

"It's really having a good effect on the school," Cardozo Coach and Athletic Director Bobby Richards said. "You see some spirit and support for the football team, and that's not something we usually get. It's really good." ...

Among private schools, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference kicks off league play this weekend and the best matchup has Carroll (3-0) - the only undefeated team in the league - playing at St. John's (1-2).

This will be a good measuring stick for Carroll, whose first three opponents are a combined 1-10. St. John's has struggled offensively, scoring just one touchdown in its two losses. ...

Gilman, Baltimore's top team, can complete a Washington-area Catholic trifecta Saturday, when it hosts Georgetown Prep (2-1). The Greyhounds have already defeated No. 2 Good Counsel, 28-7, and No. 3 DeMatha, 35-10.

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