Kennedy put on a clinic and demonstrated why it is the team to beat in the Montgomery AA League yesterday.

Because Wheaton had preseason violations, the game between the two teams was ruled a forfeit. But the squads played, anyway and Kennedy, after leading by 1-0 at halftime, pulled away in the second half to win, 4-1. Kennedy improved to 2-0, 1-0 in the AA. Wheaton is 0-2, 0-2.

"We started out real sluggishly," said Kennedy forward Mike Green. "But the coach gave us a pretty good talking to at halftime and things really came together in the second half."

Indeed, the Cavaliers look like a different team after the intermission. Leading, 1-0, on an Otis Grant goal, Kennedy was giving soccer lessons in the second period as it dribbled through, passed and ran around the weaker Knights.

"They are a really good team," said Wheaton Coach Francis Buckeridge. "Us, we're trying to get better."

After each team scored a second-kalf goal, Kennedy broke the game open with two quick goals by senior forward Ira Balbirer and senior halfback Ricky Smedley.

Although pleased with their performance, Kennedy's players weren't interested in reflecting on the game. They were more interested in talking about the upcoming showdown againt Montgomery County's other powerhouse, Walter Johnson.

"Every one is looking forward to the 29th {of September}," said senior All-Met midfielder Brett Hofmann.

"It will definitely be the game of the year for us."