Anacostia and Cardozo of the Interhigh had similar disadvantages against the Metro Conference's Carroll and DeMatha yesterday afternoon in a doubleheader at Cardozo: Neither team had the size or manpower to compete.

In the opener, ninth-ranked Carroll (2-0) overwhelmed Anacostia, 26-6. Anacostia (0-3) averted a shutout when Michael Randolph avoided a mad rush and passed to Lovell Pinkney, who sprinted 80 yards and broke two shoestring tackle attempts to score.

Cardozo, which suited up only 19 players, banged up top-ranked DeMatha in the first half with its rugged play but fell, 29-8. The Clerks (1-2) trailed by only 12-8 at halftime but DeMatha adjusted in the second half, taking advantage of its overwhelming size and depth.

That didn't satisfy Stags Coach Bill McGregor, or his players.

"In order for us to go on the rest of the season, we've got to pick it up another level," said DeMatha junior linebacker Matt Lilly. "This was a terrible showing, but we had a terrible week. We played Gilman out of Baltimore last week {a 31-12 Stags victory} and a lot of players came out of that game banged up. Everyone came out of that hurt, so a lot of players didn't get a lot of work and that's what killed us, but hopefully we'll kill the injuries and have a good season."

But with All-Met kicker David DeArmas -- who received applause from the crowd after sailing a kickoff through the uprights -- the Stags (2-0) are in better shape than most teams in the early season. DeArmas converted field goals of 20, 37 and 38 yards.

"I go in there and I just do my best," said DeArmas. "It's not nice walking back to the sidelines letting your team down. That is the worst feeling in the world. They drive the ball 80 yards down the field and are sweating and bleeding, at least I can do my part."

The Lions' powerful ground game was led by Robert Harris (126 yards on 17 carries) and Silas Calhoun (120 yards on 13 rushes).