Chuck Sell, Madison's head football coach, was moaning before the season because leading rusher and scorer Bobby Brower, an All-Met selection, had taken his quick feet to Duke and this year's team was much smaller than the '77 team that won the Great Falls District and finished 10-1-1.
Nobody feels sorry for Sell. The fourth-ranked Warhawks, small as they might be, have left a path of destruction in running up a 4-0 district mark and an 8-0 overall record.
"By winning tonight, we'd definitely be in the driver's deat," Sell said. "We're small, but things have gone pretty much like I expected them to."
Sell expected much closer district race, but Oakton, Marshall and Langley suffered too many losses in non-district games to seriously challenge for the crown.
"The district wasn't as strong as I thought it would be. It became too hard to gauge other teams" Sell said.
Sell hasn't had much of a problem gauging his own team, especially running back Rick Lipscomb. The senior has rushed for 854 yards and has scored 18 touchdowns. In the last two games, Lipscomb has scored eight touchdowns and is tied with Pallott's Dennis Cantwell for the area scoring leadership. Both have 108 points.
Madison is coming off a 43-15 victory over Yorktown. Langley, 3-1 in the district and 4-4 overall, must win to stay in contention. Langley has dropped its last two games, to Lee (23-10) and Marshall (12-7).
Defending Interhigh champion Eastern (3-0 in the East division and 3-3 overall) is looking for a replay of last season, when the Ramblers lose their first few games before closing out with seven straight.
This year, Eastern dropped its first three games while Coach Willie Stewart experimented. All of the tests are complete now and Eastern, which buried Chamberlain, Anacostia and Phelps by a combined score of 60-12, can take a giant step toward another title when its plays host to H.D. Woodson (3-0 in division play and 4-3 overall) at 3:15 today.
Woodson, led by mammoth tackle Claybon Fields (6-foot-7, 273 pounds), has allowed only 25 points in its past six games but has had trouble scoring. In dropping a 12-0 decision last week to Theodore Roosevelt, the Warriors blew countless scoring changes, including a first-and-goal at the five.
In other key contests, No. 1-ranked Annandale (8-0) hosts Falls Church (3-5). Oxon Hill (4-3) meets Surrattsville (5-2) at Friendly. W.T. Woodson (6-2) entertains Fairfax (6-2) and Woodbridge (7-1) hosts Spotsylvania (7-1).