Coach Dick Allanson is extremely pleased his St. Albans football team has played so well this season. Should the Bulldogs defeat Landon Saturday, they would finish the season 8-1, equaling Allanson's best record (1982). A good year in any league, yet Allanson and his talented troupe still harbor some disappointment over that one loss.
"Oh, we feel we should have won the game," said Allanson, in his 11th year at the private school in Northwest.
The result was Georgetown Prep 7, St. Albans 6, although "we outgained them 192-97 and got inside their 10-yard line four times. But a dropped pass in the end zone and a couple of blocking errors stopped us. We've been able to score points all year, but against Georgetown Prep, we couldn't score."
St. Albans got field goals of 27 and 28 yards from Eric Mace and was relying on its defense to shut down Prep. But the Little Hoyas took advantage of some fatigued Bulldogs and muscled for two-thirds of their offensive total on a long drive that resulted in a decisive fourth-period touchdown and extra point. Georgetown Prep vaulted into first place in the Interstate Athletic Conference and a victory over Bullis this week would give Coach Jim Fegan and the Little Hoyas the title.
"Unless something real strange happens, I expect Prep to win," Allanson said. "All we can do is sit back and hope for a Bullis win and we can tie for the championship. We had our chance and you only get to play a team once in football."
For the first six weeks of the season, all things pointed to a banner St. Albans year. The school has not posted an unbeaten season since 1958 (9-0) and Allanson felt he had the overall talent to equal that mark.
"These kids had been together since sixth, seventh grade. They are all St. Albans kids, no transfers in," Allanson said. "They are a close group and one of the very best teams I've had here. These kids have played a lot of football."
The Bulldogs have gained more than 2,000 yards, combining a successful running and passing offense. They have scored 199 points, only two shy of last season's total.
Cardozo's stunning 36-8 victory over defending West Division champion Theodore Roosevelt accomplished several important goals for the Clerks.
It was Cardozo's first victory over Roosevelt since 1972. It was a third straight success, giving the Clerks a 4-4 record, by far their best in years. It served notice they are no longer the most wanted team for homecoming day. And, best of all, it gave them a 3-0 West Division mark and a share of first place with Coolidge. The two teams play at Cardozo Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m.
Dunbar probably can't wait to see the season end. The Crimson Tide, just two years ago the West Division titlist, is going through a nightmarish year. Dunbar has not scored in seven consecutive games and in the one game it did get on the board, it lost to DeMatha, 38-6.