DeMatha's powerful rushing game and a gang-tackling defense helped the third-ranked Stags yesterday to a 31-0 Metro Conference victory over host St. John's.

It was the 18th straight victory for DeMatha, now 8-0 overall and 3-0 in league play. St. John's (5-2) had been tied with the Stags for first place in the Metro Conference, but is now 2-1.

St. John's is playing its best football in years, but the Cadets were outmatched in size and speed against DeMatha. The Stags seized control early, scoring on their first three possessions to lead, 21-0, with 1:38 remaining in the first period.

The blocking of fullback Phil Bryant and an offensive line that averages about 230 pounds opened gaping holes against St. John's. Nifty open-field running by sophomore Bryce Bevill, who scored three of the five times he touched the ball on runs of 70 and 17 yards and a 19-yard pass from Tracy Bergan, smothered any chance for the upset-minded Cadets.

"Phil Bryant is the guy who makes our offense go," said DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor. "He is also our most unsung player because we use our fullback to block so much, but that is why the guys who carry the ball for us do so well."

Bergan also threw a four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Gallman. Donald Moore's 30-yard field goal in the third quarter closed out the scoring for DeMatha.

The Stags dominated action in the first half, rolling to a 28-0 lead, but 11 penalties stalled many other drives.

"We played a very sloppy game today, especially in the second half," said McGregor. "Our next game is against McNamara and we can't afford to make anywhere near that many mistakes against them and expect to win."DeMatha (8-0)

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31

St. John's (5-2)

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0

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D -- Bevill 70 run (Moore kick)

D -- Gallman 4 pass from Bergan (Moore kick)

D -- Bevill 17 run (Moore kick)

D -- Bevill 19 pass from Bergin (Moore kick)

D -- FG Moore 30 BULLIS 14 IRETON 9

Clayton Simmers intercepted a pass with 37 seconds remaining to preserve the victory for the Bulldogs.

Ireton (5-3)

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6

9

Bullis (4-2)

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7

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14

I -- FG Wilson 26

B -- Bunting 23 pass from Kelley (Simmers kick)

B -- Kelley 85 kickoff return (Simmers kick)

I -- Lalli 2 run (pass failed) PALLOTTI 14 BOYS LATIN 6

Sean Rivers threw touchdown passes of 40 and 31 yards to Kevin Hammersmith as the Panthers won their eighth straight this season.

Pallotti (8-0)

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14

Boys Latin (3-4)

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6

P -- Hammersmith 40 pass from Rivers (Marcinko kick)

BL -- Robinson 60 pass from Holub (run failed)

P -- Hammersmith 31 pass from Rivers (Marcinko kick) LANDON 48 SIDWELL FRIENDS 0

Luke Lappin completed seven of nine passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns as the Bears gained 373 yards total offense.

Sidwell Friends (2-4)

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Landon (5-1)

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13

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7

48

L -- Micklitsch 15 run (Taptich kick)

L -- Taptich 12 fumble recovery (Taptich kick)

L -- Mannino 37 pass from Lappin (Taptich kick)

L -- Kane 47 pass from Lappin (Taptich kick)

L -- Micklitsch 4 run (Kane kick)

L -- Thompson 12 pass from Lappin (kick failed)

L -- Lappin 19 run (Taptich kick) WOOTTON 16 WHEATON 7

The Patriots raced to a 10-0 lead behind the running of Brian Nisula and held on to defeat the Knights.

Wootton (2-6)

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Wheaton (1-7)

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7

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7

Wo -- FG Buchanan 32

Wo -- Nisula 8 run (Buchanan kick)

We -- Chusakul 3 run (Waltos kick)

Wo -- Levine 1 run (kick failed) KENNEDY 19 PAINT BRANCH 0

Aaron Vactor had touchdown runs of two and 52 yards in the Panthers' victory.

Kennedy (5-3)

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19

Paint Branch (2-6)

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K -- Peterson 15 pass from Shields (kick failed)

K -- Vactor 2 run (pass failed)

K -- Vactor 52 run (Davis kick) SHERWOOD 21 EINSTEIN 13

Richard Anderson rushed for 145 yards on 33 carries to lead the Warriors to a victory over the Titans yesterday.

Einstein (3-5)

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7

6

13

Sherwood (3-5)

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21

S -- Anderson 11 run (Norris kick)

E -- Emberson 8 pass from Gagain (Coggins kick)

S -- Anderson 9 run (kick failed)

S -- Weingard 2 run (Lacey run)

E -- Palmer 6 pass from Grier (pass failed) RICHARD MONTGOMERY 21 WALTER JOHNSON 14

Allen Avery threw touchdown passes to Steve Wilkerson and Bruce Howard in a victory over the Wildcats.

Richard Montgomery (4-4) 7 7 0 7

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Walter Johnson (4-4)

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0

14

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RM -- Pace 2 run (Breland kick)

RM -- Wilkerson 28 pass from Avery (Breland kick)

RM -- Howard 15 pass from Avery (Breland kick)

W -- Fitch 85 kickoff return (Machado kick)

W -- Lee 16 pass from Glassman (Machado kick) GONZAGA 26 GOOD COUNSEL 13

Chris Brown scored two touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a Metro Conference win over the visiting Falcons.

Good Counsel (4-4) 0 0 0 13 13 Gonzaga (5-3) 7 12 7 0 26

G -- Brown 73 run (Donahue kick)

G -- Taylor 9 run (kick failed)

G -- Euell 9 run (Pass failed)

G -- Brown 6 run (Donahue kick)

GC -- Preist 20 pass from McPhillips (Vallooe kick)

GC -- Galluci 20 interception (pass failed) CARROLL 34 O'CONNELL 3

Sean Hall ran for touchdowns of 12 and seven yards leading the Lions at Washington and Lee.

Carroll (7-1) 20 8 0 6 34 O'Connell (2-6) 3 0 0 0 3

O -- Ensign 35 FG

C -- Dickens 5 run (pass failed)

C -- Graves 5 run (run failed)

C -- Hall 7 run (Dickens pass from Graves)

C -- Hall 12 run (Dickens pass from Graves)

C -- Dickens 87 pass from Graves (pass failed) SPRINGBROOK 34 WHITMAN 13

Brad Brown caught three passes, two for touchdowns, as the Blue Devils rolled past the Vikings.

Whitman (2-6) 0 7 6 0 13 Springbrook (7-1) 0 28 6 0 34

S -- Wnek 30 interception return (Cockrell kick)

S -- Scalvounous 1 run (Cockrell kick)

S -- Brown 38 pass from Wolfram (Cockrell)

W -- Ablondi 3 run (Green kick)

S -- Brown 45 pass from Wolfram (Cockrell kick)

W -- Denny 1 run (Run failed)

S -- Sclavounous 40 run (Kick failed)