Despite a 3-0 start in which his team has outscored its opponents, 85-11, O'Connell High School football Coach Fred Benevento says he isn't sure how good the squad is.

"I don't know what we have because we haven't been really tested yet," said Benevento, who is in his second year. "But I do know we have Eric Metcalf."

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Metcalf, who has shown many of the open-field moves that made his father, Terry Metcalf, one of the top runners in the NFL in the '70s, has scored seven touchdowns. Four of young Metcalf's runs have been 20 yards or more.

Tonight, when O'Connell plays Carroll (3-0) in the Metro Conference opener for both teams at Washington-Lee at 8, Metcalf will get plenty of attention.

Carroll, which won three straight titles from 1978 to 1980, has been very impressive in its first three games. The Lions have gotten good efforts from quarterback Kenny Lucas, running back-defensive back Brian Murphy and linebacker Darren Robinson as it outscored its opponents, 73-7.

"We've only got a couple of big ones (players); the rest are midgets," said Carroll Coach Maus Collins. "We've got to depend on our quickness. O'Connell has a good club and anytime that No. 2 (Metcalf) touches the ball, he can go."

O'Connell has beaten Carroll the past two years.