Latroy Askew's 62-yard run set up his two-yard touchdown that gave Gar-Field a 7-0 victory over West Potomac last night in a Virginia AAA nondistrict game at Gar-Field.

His long burst stunned the defending Division 6 state champions, who won all 14 games last year. It provided a first down at the 27, then a personal foul penalty helped Gar-Field move to the 2, where Askew went off tackle.

The 62-yarder "went just as designed," said Askew. "Lonte {White} kicked out the linebacker, Maurice Barbour made his block and the safety went for the fake."

That drive came after the Wolverines had shocked Gar-Field with a reverse on the opening kickoff. Richard Crosby took the handoff from Mike Quander and went 42 yards to the 38. From there the Wolverines advanced to the 9 but quarterback Matt Lambert slipped, losing six yards, and on the next play was called for intentional grounding; West Potomac punted.

"No question that stopping them early gave us a boost," said Gar-Field Coach Chuck White. "It gave the kids a belief that they could play with this football team."

"We had opportunities early," said West Potomac Coach Dan Meier. "If we score there, Gar-Field may say, 'Oh my goodness, these guys are pretty good.' People warned me that expectations are higher after winning a state title. We lost 19 seniors from that team, but we still expected a better performance than we got tonight."

After Gar-Field's touchdown, the Wolverines moved right back to the Indians 18, thanks to Lamont Gooding's 35-yard run. But Gar-Field held and took over on downs.

"We had a game plan on defense to put nine men up on the line and dared them to throw," said White. "With nine up front you should be able to stop the run and they weren't able to throw effectively."

"They were determined to stop our fullback and really did a great job," Meier said. "They were forcing us outside but were still able to contain us."

West Potomac was plagued by penalties (six, and four more were declined by Gar-Field) and three lost fumbles.