Montgomery County schools, which won 10 Maryland state football titles from 1977 through 1981, including three last season, were shut out this year when Churchill and Northwood lost in championship games Saturday. It was the first time a Montgomery County team has not won a state football title since 1978, and only the second time in the nine-year history of the playoffs.
Oxon Hill won its first title, rallying to defeat Churchill, 8-7, for the AA crown. The Clippers became the first Prince George's school to win the AA title since Parkdale in 1974. Northwood fell to tough Thomas Johnson of Frederick, 14-0, in the A title game.
The Howard County schools also lost in their championship games. Oakland Mills was beaten by J.M. Bennett, 13-7, in overtime in the B title game and Mount Hebron lost to Snow Hill, 28-18, in Class C.
No. 1-ranked H.D. Woodson, which ended its season with a 33-0 victory over Coolidge in the Interhigh League championship game, was the most dominant team the area has seen in recent years. The Warriors (10-1) led the area in scoring (411 points for a 37.3 average) and fewest points allowed (33 for a 3.0 average). Woodson had eight shutouts. All-Met tailback Nathaniel Cary finished the season with 1,572 yards and 30 touchdowns . . . Mount Vernon, the only Northern Virginia school with a nonwinning record to play (and win) in a region final, did surprisingly well in a state semifinal game Saturday against the state's top-ranked team, GW-Danville. Mount Vernon led, 7-0, before powerful GW won, 41-21. GW broke playoff records for most points and total yards (512) in winning its 26th of 27 games.
St. Stephen's, the only area football team to finish unbeaten (9-0), will begin next season with the area's longest winning streak -- 14. Also, the IAC champions' freshman team finished with a 7-1 record. In a few years, the Virginia private school could have a Theismann to Theismann/Jurgensen passing combination. Sonny Jurgensen's son, Eric, is a wide receiver on the eighth-grade team and Joe Theismann has sons Gunnar as a tight end for the sixth-grade team and Joey as the quarterback for the fifth-grade team.
St. Albans' Erik Vandendries, named the outstanding runner on the Coaches' All-Met cross-country team, is one of eight area runners participating in the Kinney Cross Country Championships regional qualifying meets this week. The other area runners are St. Albans' Duncan Schloss and James Ehrenhaft, Churchill's Val Bloomberg and Tom Eyers, Pallotti's Joe Sheppard, Centennial's Ken Fowler and Friends' Andy Shaw . . .
McKinley needs boys' basketball opponents Dec. 7-10 and 13-17. If interested, contact Athletic Director McKinley Armstrong at the school . . . Calvert needs boys' basketball games Dec. 21, Jan. 14 and Feb. 11. If interested, call Maynard Schmitz at the school in Southern Maryland . . . Coolidge's 6-foot-8 center, Richard Merritt, has signed a basketball grant with New Mexico.