While none of the local fotball districts have outright winners, four teams have assured themselves of at least ties. The Langley girls tennis team continued its effort to win a second straight state championship by winning the Northern Region title and Lake Braddock's boys and girls won northernregion cross country championships.
T.C. Williams, Annandale, Marshall and West Potomac clinched ties for their respective district titles over the weekend, and others positioned themselves for the remaining playoff berths.
T.C. Williams won its eighth straight, routing West Springfield, 41-0. Erik Anderson and Lydell Scott had two touchdowns apiece for the Titans, who can wrap up their sixth straight Northern District title this week against Oakton.
Behind Julio Lacayo's 211 yards and three touchdowns Annandale (4-0, 6-2) handed Fairfax its first Potomac District loss, 26-14. The Atoms can win their first district title since 1981 by defeating Chantilly Friday night.
West Potomac recorded its fourth consecutive shutout to clinch a tie for the Gunston District title. The Wolverines held Edison to 31 yards in a 31-0 win. If West Potomac defeats Lee Friday night, the Wolverines clinch the district championship in just its third year of existence.
Running back Joe Swarm's second touchdown of the game with less than three minutes to play gave Marshall a 24-17 victory over Yorktown, and a tie for the Great Falls District title. Yorktown, playing without starters Moe Wright and Greg Graham who were suspended following participation in an Oct. 22 brawl, stayed close behind the running of sophomore Jimmy Browne (112 yards, two touchdowns).
Madison stayed in position for a share of the title by rolling past Washington-Lee, 34-0. David MacDonald and Michael Denny rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns each. The Warhawks trail Marshall by one game and the two teams meet Friday night.
South Lakes kept its playoff hopes alive with a 31-0 homecoming win over McLean. Justin Anderson's three touchdowns and Eric TerHaar's 147 yards rushing paced the Seahawks.
Todd Burnett passed for a score and Kermit Drake ran for one while the Lake Braddock defense shut down Robinson, 19-2. The Bruins moved into second place in the Northern District, and still have an outside chance at a playoff berth.
Mount Vernon crept back into the playoff picture with a 31-8 win over Lee. The Majors, Northern Region runnerups in 1986, are in a race with Edison and Wakefield for a playoff berth (see related story).
Wakefield dropped its third straight, 30-21 to Chantilly. Tim Foreman's 155 yards and three scores paced the Chargers. Behind a pair of Leonard Baron field goals, Stuart blanked Hayfield, 6-0. Tennis
For the second straight year two Great Falls District teams reached the Northern Region final. And once again Langley captured the title, 8-1, over South Lakes. In only one of the three regional matches did the Saxons not clinch the match after six singles matches.
Sophomore Michelle Dodds of W.T. Woodson won the region singles crown, 6-0, 7-5, over freshman Katie Gultnieks of Fairfax. Lee's Terri Esterowitz and Renee Bousselaire took the region doubles crown, defeating Allegra Milholland and Robyn Evers of Langley, 6-2, 6-4.
Lake Braddock, as expected, captured both the boys and girls Northern Region championship. The Bruin boys placed five runners in the top 13, led by Brad Baker's second place finish. Todd Cerino's third place finish led Herndon to second place in the boys team competition, 33 points behind the Bruins' winning total of 41. West Springfield and Annandale also qualified for this weekend's state competition in Charlottesville.
Lake Braddock's girls placed two runners among the top 10 to successfully defend their title. Tara Bowman's fourth place finish led five Bruins runners that were among the top 20. Melissa Stuart (12th) and Elisse Saltzman (13th) helped W.T. Woodson finish second, 28 points behind Lake Braddock's 55. Herndon and Langley rounded out the top four, which all moved on to the state meet.