Area high schools kicked off the fall sports schedule last week with football dominating the action. Shaking off the rust from the summer, the athletes seemed relieved to break from the long hours of preseason prep ration and get on with the real thing. And, though upsets were few, there were many outstanding individual performances. Football games dominated the opening week and as schools begin classes this week, action is expected to intensify on local courts, fields and golf courses. Football
Last year's Division II state champion, Edison, struggled to a 17-8 win over Fairfax last Friday. The Eagles, 9-4-1 a year ago, held just a two-point lead, 10-8, until running back Sherman Deck scored on a 50-yard run with less a minute to play.
Deck's running mate, Chad Lewis, who last year played for Lake Braddock, put the Eagles on top with a two-yard scoring run in the first quarter. Fairfax's only score came in the second quarter on a Randy Belknap two-yard run.
Yorktown forced six turnovers as it routed Wakefield, 27-0. The Patriot defense, led by senior linebacker Juan Craddock (12 tackles, two interceptions and a blocked punt), allowed the Warriors just 95 yards after surrendering 59 on a game-opening drive that ended with Craddock picking off a pass in the end zone. Wakefield quarterback Randy Lyon was intercepted four times in his first start and the Warriors had two punts blocked, with one leading to a touchdown. Eric Rainey was the lone bright spot for Wakefield, rushing for 59 yards on six carries.
Yorktown gained 213 yards on 30 rushes, led by tailback Greg Graham who gained 84 in just four carries including a 69-yard touchdown run. The Patriot's victory ended Wakefield's hopes of a fourth consecutive sweep over Arlington public school rivals Washington-Lee and Yorktown.
Senior fullback Reggie Ware ran for 111 yards and three touchdowns as West Potomac rolled past Stuart, 33-7. West Potomac led 21-0 at halftime as Ware had accumulated 80 yards on two scores.
Stuart, 7-5 a year ago, managed a last-minute score on a run by Joe Sweeney. Jimmy Carter and James Mincey also had touchdowns for the winners, on runs of four and 15 yards, respectively.
Bishop O'Connell fullback Jason Palumbo ran for 103 yards and a touchdown and Brian Morabito added another score as the Knights, 4-7 a year ago, shut out Loudoun County, 14-0. The Knights held Loudoun County to just 89 yards in total offense.
W.T. Woodson, 8-2 a year ago, rushed for 199 yards and five touchdowns to overwhelm Falls Church, 34-6. Coach Jim Hall was successful in his debut at Bishop Ireton as the Cardinals blanked George Mason, 21-0, last Saturday. Derek Fitzgerald ran for two of the three scores.
Jefferson held a 6-0 lead after one quarter, but dropped a 35-6 decision to Park View of Loudoun County. Paul VI dropped its season opener to Brentsville of Prince William County, 7-0.
Marshall's Cindy Smerdzinski scored off a penalty corner with 2 1/2 minutes left in the game for a 1-0 victory over Culpeper in the championship of the Fauquier Invitational Tournament. Tracy Flowers made the pass from the corner to earn the assist. In an earlier game Dawn Smith and Julie Taylor each had a goal and an assist to lead Marshall, 3-0, over Charlottesville.
Madison won the 25-team Herndon Invitational with a score of 368. Jess Hatch had Madison's best score with an 80, but Derek Pilecki, Buddy Christensen and Mark McGuire were close behind with 83, 84 and 85, respectively.
Madison finished 11th in the 27-team Quantico Invitational two weeks ago. Monocan of Richmond captured the 36-hole tourney with a 634 total. Lee finished 21 shots back in second place and Robinson took third with a 663 total. Mike Bousselaire from Lee was the top Northern Region finisher, with a two-round total of 154 good for third. Kevin Dillard of Robinson placed seventh with a 158.
Lee captured the Wakefield Invitation Tennis Tournament with three straight 5-4 wins last week. The Lancers toppled West Springfield and Wakefield to get to the finals against W.T. Woodson, which defeated Jefferson and O'Connell.
Defending Northern Region champion Laura Dodds of W.T. Woodson won all three of her singles matches, including one in the championship against Lancer top seed Teri Esterowitz, but Lee captured the match with two victories in the three doubles matches.