To no one's big surprise, T.C. Williams is once again one of the best defensive football teams in the Washington area. In fact, after Williams held West Potomac to less than 120 total yards in a 21-7 victory Friday night, Wolverines' Coach Danny Meier said the Titans had probably the best defense he had seen in his 10 years of coaching.
The 14-0 state championship team of 1984 was a truly fine defensive team but this unit, featuring eight holdovers from the 1986 team that allowed only 55 points in 11 games, could be even better than Coach Glenn's Furman's 14-0 team.
Furman, in his sixth year at the Alexandria school, wasn't ready to make such a brash statement yet.
"We're not quite that good. That team had a few more skilled people but this team is bigger and more physical," Furman said. "We don't do anything different than what we've done in the past. If you start stunting around out there, you are usually trying to cover up something. We line up in our basic 50 defense and just go after people. We played very well against West Potomac, we were pretty pleased."
The first Earl Richards Memorial Interhigh League football doubleheader at Eastern was a big success last Friday. Cardozo defeated Anacostia, 12-0, and host Eastern got past Theodore Roosevelt, 18-12, before more than 2,000 fans.
The game was named after former Eastern Coach Richards, who died two weeks ago after a heart attack. Richards, always a staunch supporter of athletics in the Interhigh League, was an assistant principal at Roosevelt.
"Everyone thought the doubleheader was different, refreshing," said league athletic director Otto Jordan. "We were playing in a new stadium of sorts and we had a good crowd. We had hoped for a few more people but it is early in the school year and things will get better."
Leading the list of early surprise teams is Einstein, which pulled off another major shocker last week with its 23-7 triumph over defending Maryland Class A state champion Magruder. The victory also ended the Colonels' 13-game winning streak.
Another team raising eyebrows is Gwynn Park. The Yellow Jackets, who are more widely known because of their basketball prowess, won their second straight game, besting Potomac, 12-7, for first-year head coach Mike Cavallini. A year ago, Gwynn Park finished 0-10, failing to score a point in its last nine games.
Teams off to slow starts include Mount Vernon, blanked in its first game, 24-0 and Gar-Field, which has scored only one touchdown in its first two games.
An interesting game this weekend pits Courtland (2-0) and Woodbridge (2-0). The Cougars can take the fun out of the Virginia AAA Commonwealth District race by beating the visitors. Courtland, which has won 25 of its last 26 games, defeated its toughest district foe, Potomac, 14-0, last week. Woodbridge is much improved over last year's 5-5 team, but can it stop Courtland?