For the second straight week, Yorktown scored touchdowns to win in overtime. Virginia recently adopted an overtime tiebreaker system: Each team alternates possessions and has four downs to score from the 10-yard-line. Should the teams be tied after one possession, another overtime is played.
Yorktown got a key 10-yard touchdown run from tailback Mike Geter and defeated Langley, 15-12.
Langley had gone ahead, 12-9, in overtime on Mike Welch's 37-yard field goal. But on Yorktown's first play from scrimmage, Geter, filling in for Andre Yates (out for disciplinary reasons), broke through a hole and scored easily.
In its opener, Yorktown needed extra time to turn away Lee, 33-26. In that game, Yates had 213 yards rushing and four touchdowns, including the winning score in overtime. The Patriots clinched it by recovering a fumble on Lee's possession.
QUAKERS WIN OPENER:
Sidwell Friends, which had won only one of its last 25 games, opened this decade with a 20-6 triumph over Boys Latin at home. The victory sent the coaches to the history books to find out the last time Sidwell had won a season home opener. Coach Brian Cragin said he thought it was in 1981, but wasn't certain.
"We couldn't find out. I'm new here and don't know the Friends history," Cragin said. "I do know we were 1-25 before this win. Regardless of when we last won a home opener, this was a nice win for us."
This was Friends' first opening win since it beat Paul VI to open the 1986 year. The Quakers, who were forced to drop out of IAC football competition several years ago because of a player shortage, finished 4-5 that year, representing its best season in years.
CRIMSON TIDE COMING ON:
After a rocky road in the 80s, Dunbar seems to have put things together under Coach John Nunn and is off to its best start in years. The Interhigh League West Division team raised its record to 3-0 last week, surprising Eastern, 18-8. Dunbar opened the season with a 40-12 win over Spingarn and traveled to New York to beat Thomas Jefferson, 21-0.
The three victories have surpassed or equaled the Crimson Tide's total wins in seven of the last 10 seasons. Nunn, who had a successful offseason training program, is pleased with his team's early showing.
"We have already scored more points in three games than we did all of last year," Nunn said.
Dunbar has outscored its first three foes, 79-20, and should it get its average against Anacostia this week, would surpass the total number of points it scored in each of the last four seasons. The Tide has has good efforts from quarterback Marvin McClellan (five touchdown passes) and Yadiz Lewis and Corey Cooper (combined for more than 200 yards rushing). The defense has forced 10 turnovers.
Pallotti scored a fourth-period touchdown to defeat Howard, 21-14, and stretch its three-year winning streak to 16. The Panthers, unbeaten in 20 games, will get a tougher test this week when they play at Bishop Ireton. St. Albans, the defending IAC champion, has the area's next longest streak. The Bulldogs shut out Peddie (N.J.), 42-0, in their opener to stretch their winning streak to nine.
Falls Church dropped its second game of the season, to Centreville, the Northern Region's newest member, 20-0, for its 17th consecutive loss. Wakefield also lost its second game of the season, falling to McLean, 10-6, for its 13th straight loss. Should both teams continue on the same path, something has to give on the sixth week of the season, which is when they meet.