Rushing is the name of the game in scholastic football and, when things are going right, the running backs get most of the credit.
Among those recognized as the area's best are McNamara's Durwin Greggs, Bethesda-Chevy Chase's Ceroy Robinson, Arundel's Troy Turner, Springbrook's Mike McCall and Ron Pharr, DeMatha's Tyrone Jackson and John Steed, Richard Montgomery's Justin Martin, Crossland's Reggie Green, Annapolis' Orlando Johnson, and Oxon Hill's Robert Plummer and Tracey Morgan.
However, one of the area's most prolific runners isn't among that dozen. He's Clifton Phillips of Fairmont Heights, who has gained nearly 600 yards in his first five games.
"He's very quick and hits like a 195-pounder, even though he weighs just 172 pounds," said Fairmont Heights Coach Ralph Paden. "He's also one of our toughest players. He runs over people inside or outruns them on the outside. If he's not one of the best runners around, then I'd like to see those who are supposedly better.
"Our offensive line has also done a very good job blocking. Phillips is a great runner, but without George Goodwin, Avon Barbour, Carlos Perlman, Brian Benjamin and Sung Park, he woudn't be as effective," said Paden, whose team has won three of the last four Prince George's ABC League titles.
Not since 1976, when Bowie went 10-0, has it started so well in football, but Friday night its 5-0 record will be on the line at Largo against one of the area's best defenses.
"We practice hard, work well together and play smart on Saturdays," is why Bowie Coach Vic Schwartz said his team wins. "We've got some good players -- potential stars -- but after the next two games, then I'll tell you who our most valuable players are.
"Playing Largo isn't just a meeting between two good football teams," explained Schwartz, the only coach in the school's 20-year history. "Many of Largo's players and students come from South Bowie, so this is a real neighborhood rivalry."
Georgetown Prep's football coach, Jim Fegan, will be honored at a dinner dance Nov. 30 at Indian Spring Country Club in Silver Spring. Carroll Coach Maus Collins will speak. Fegan's 25-year record at Prep is 155-41-7 and includes seven Interstate Athletic Conference champions. Tickets are $30. Contact Molly Cromwell at Georgetown Prep.
WINX-AM-1600 is broadcasting Friday night football games from Montgomery County. Bob Bradley is doing the play-by-play and Doug Glotzbach handles the color.
The Sherwood-Wootton game Sept. 28 opened the seven-game broadcast package. WINX broadcast the Wheaton-Whitman game last Friday. Kennedy-Seneca Valley will be aired Friday night, the Frederick-Richard Montgomery game Oct. 18, the Springbrook-Whitman game Oct. 25, Kennedy-Wootton Nov. 1, Kennedy-Whitman Nov. 8 and Churchill-Springbrook Nov. 9.
Scott Beattie has been named wrestling coach at Einstein. Beattie, a Richard Montgomery teacher, coached at Georgetown Prep several years ago . . . The site of the Gonzaga-DeMatha football game has been set for Northwestern on Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m. . . . The National Youth Sports Coaches Association will run a youth coaches workshop Oct. 12 at the Silver Spring YMCA.