Woodbridge junior wide receiver Jashawn Wright wasn't about to gripe when his touchdown reception Friday night at Potomac -- his first catch of the year -- was announced over the loudspeaker as having been scored by junior teammate Andre Crier.
Wright was just happy to be on the field to make the grab. He had played his way out of the receiver rotation because of "laziness in practice" early in the season and only now is working his way back into the offense.
His 13-yard scoring reception, on a slant route, was the first score in a 21-12 win over Potomac in the teams' Cardinal District opener.
"We're on the same team, so it really doesn't matter," Wright said of the miscredited touchdown, which capped a 44-yard drive in which 30 of the yards came via two pass interference penalties, one on a third-and-20 play.
After an onside kick, Crier caught a touchdown pass less than a minute later for a 14-0 lead. Potomac sophomore Mulka Kalokoh returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter -- his second pick of the period -- to make it 14-6 by halftime.
Early in the fourth quarter, Woodbridge senior quarterback Alex Brown surged in from one yard out to make it 21-6. On fourth and 13 with about a minute left, Potomac (2-4) scored on a 64-yard touchdown pass from junior Josh Asare to senior Ronnie Norman, who streaked down the right sideline.
Potomac's onside kick attempt skirted out of bounds, and Woodbridge (5-1) ran out the clock for its fifth straight win, its longest such streak since rattling off six in a row in 1996.
As happy as they are with the string of victories, the Vikings were not too pleased about the nature of the most recent one -- eight penalties, few pad-popping hits on defense (even though Potomac gained just two first downs in each half) and surrendering the last-minute touchdown on a fourth-and-13 play.
"We didn't play like ourselves tonight," said Brown, who has either rushed or thrown for nine of his team's 11 offensive touchdowns. "I think we're getting a little bit complacent."
"Five wins in a row is something new since we've been there," said fifth-year Woodbridge coach Keith King, who formerly coached at Potomac. "Until you're used to doing it, you don't know how people are going to handle it, and right now we're not handling [being successful] very well.
"As coaches, we have to go back and work hard at making the kids work hard. I don't put the blame on the kids, I put the blame on us."
Potomac is seeking some semblance of offensive consistency, in recent games rotating quarterbacks Asare and senior Anthony Arellano, often within the same series, "trying to find a hot hand," Coach Tony Lilly said.
Against Woodbridge, the Panthers had two rushes longer than five yards and none longer than 13. They also committed 10 penalties.
The expected returns next week of all-Northwestern Region lineman Chad Davis (two-week suspension) and sophomore kicker Eric Dobratz (pulled groin) should help.
"It's so easy for a young team, when you've got kids who are playing in their first varsity season, when adversity hits them, to rise above that kind of adverse situation," Lilly said. "They're starting to understand what playing with emotion on a consistent basis can do for you. . . . I feel like it's going to click.
"We've got to find some leaders who will step forward to bring some of those young guys up to an understanding of what it is we're trying to do. I think when you're young like that, you don't quite understand the level of success that you can have, because you're still exploring the game and trying to get an understanding for the game."