Two weeks before last year's Interhigh League championship game, Coolidge was embroiled in a controversy regarding the eligibility of one of its players. The matter was eventually solved by the superintendent of schools and the Colts went on to defeat H.D. Woodson, 32-15, and capture their second straight Interhigh title.

This year, Coolidge threatened to protest today's playoff game against Cardozo because of an error in a memo sent out by the league athletic director two weeks ago. But Coolidge Principal Jennifer Gibbs said yesterday the problem had been solved and the playoff would be held as scheduled.

The memo incorrectly stated that if two teams were tied for the division championship at the end of the regular season, the team that won in head-to-head competition would represent the division in the league title game Thanksgiving morning. Coolidge and Cardozo finished with 4-1 records and since Coolidge defeated the Clerks, 14-12, earlier, it assumed it would play in the title game.

But Interhigh Athletic Director Otto Jordan summoned the coaches to a meeting last week, saying that if two teams finished tied, a playoff would be held.

Thus, Coolidge (4-4) will have to face Cardozo (6-4) again today at Eastern at 1 p.m. for the division crown and the right to play East Division titlist H.D. Woodson on Thanksgiving at Howard University's Greene Stadium at 11 a.m.

"I called the coaches immediately to clear up things and they agreed {with the exception of Coolidge Coach Sam Taylor} to stay with the playoff format we have used in the past," Jordan said.

Meanwhile, in Maryland, one problem Springbrook Coach Bob Milloy and Seneca Valley Coach Al Thomas are hoping to avoid today is their teams looking ahead to a rematch for the Class AA state title. Both teams have to hurdle semifinal opponents first.

Second-ranked Seneca Valley (11-0) hosts 14th-ranked Bowie (10-1) in one semifinal at 1. Eighth-ranked Springbrook (10-1) plays at 16th-ranked Severna Park (10-1) in the other semifinal tonight at 7.

Seneca Valley edged Springbrook 17-14, on a last-second field goal by All-Met John Duke in their Montgomery County AA regular season game. Seneca Valley finished the season strong, outscoring its last five foes, 120-32, including last week's 24-12 quarterfinal win against Friendly.

The surprise team of the playoffs, 11th-ranked Laurel (10-1), meets Overlea of Baltimore County (9-2) in a Class A semifinal at Dundalk Community College today at 1.

Since losing to Surrattsville, 7-6, Laurel has reeled off nine straight victories, including last week's 30-14 quarterfinal win over Thomas Stone. The Spartans are led by quarterback/safety Kevin Dukes, tailback Mark Winkey and linebacker Greg Leffler.

In a Class B semifinal, 12th-ranked Fairmont Heights (10-1) will attempt to control visiting Southern of Garrett County and swift tailback J.R. Bosley today at 1. Bosley has rushed for more than 1,600 yards, but Fairmont Heights has allowed only 45 points in 11 games.

Also today, seventh-ranked Georgetown Prep (9-0) risks its 22-game winning streak, at home against 20th-ranked Gonzaga (7-3).