Four former Virginia all-District football players are enjoying fine careers at the Merchant Marines Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Quarterback Skip Azzarita, formerly of W.T. Woodson, has completed 90 of 178 attempts for 1,152 yards. He has eight touchdown passes this year and for his career, 33, the most in the Academy's history. In the last five games, Azzarita has run or thrown for 11 of his team's 16 touchdowns. MMA lost to Wagner on a last-second field Saturday and is now 4-3.
Former Robinson standuts linebacker Brett Hopkins has 56 tackles, one sack, one interceptin and one fumble recovery and defensive tckle Ted Bridges is third in tackles with 46, four sacks and one fumble recovery.
Wide receiver Jay Wilkinson (West Springfield) has caught 23 passes for 386 yards with three touchdowns.
Several of the top-ranked teams have lost key players because of injuries this season but fortunately all have been able to continue their winning ways because of depth.
Second-ranked Courtland, which ahs won 27 of its last 28 games, and is 8-0 this season, lost the services of all-Met defensive end/running back Tim Canada. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior suffered a broken ankle three weeks ago and is out for the season. Teammate Todd Cook, an all-Met guard, hurt his knee in practice last week and could miss the next few games. Cornerbakc Dewey Jackson sprained an ankle and is also out indefinitely.
"We've had to move some people around becaue so many kids have injuries," Courtland Coach Ken Brown said. "When you lose three good defensive people, it's tough. We don't know when Cook or Jackson will return. But to be consistent, you have to have depth."
Annandale, a contender for the Virginia AAA Potomac District title, lost its leading scorer and top defensive back, Ray Crittenden. The senior, who transfer from Jefferson this year, suffered a separated shoulder for a second straight year and is expected to be out for the remainder of the season. Crittenden had scored four touchdowns and kicked two field goals before his injury in the fourth game of the year.
Coach Bob Hardage said there is a slim chance Crittenden, also an outstanding basketball player, could do some place-kicking at the end of the season.
T.W. Williams lost its quarterback Troy Bailey the second week of the season when the senior broke his leg during practice. Ricky Marrow and Kevin Brim have been splitting duties for the top-ranked Titans until Bailey returns (possibly this week).
Archibishop Carroll lost the services of its quarterback orin Solomon who sprained his back three games ago. Marvin Graves has stepped in thrown three touchdown passes and scored once.
Potomac junior first baseman Mark Kingston was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association District II team. . . Ballou's boys basketball team is seeking opponents for the month of December. If interested, contact Coach Ernest Bowman at the school . . . Fees Academy of Brooklyn, New York is seeking a boys' basketball opponent for either December 9th or 11th. The team is scheduled to play at Spingarn on the 10th. If interested, contact Fes athletic director Joe Jeffries-El at 718-346-5090. . . Anacostia is seeking boys' basketball games on December 4th, 8th or the 11th. If interested, contact coach Tom Hargrove at 767-7040 . . . Poolesville is seeking a fourth team to participate in its Christmas Holiday boys' basketball tournament December 29-30. The other two participating teams are Brunswick and Catoctin . . . St. John's is seeking a varsity wrestling coach. If interested, contact athletic director John Rica at the school . . . Riverdale Baptist is looking for teams interested in playing in an invitational baseball tournament May 6-7. Contact Terry Terrill at the school . . . Wakefield is seeking both a varsity and junior varsity girls' baketball coach. If interested, contact Jim Huffschmitt at the school.