STAGS PARTY:

Bill McGregor's goal of beating Brockton (Mass.) looked difficult when tailback Seneca Coehins left the field with a bruised knee. But reserve Lamont Gore followed his huge offensive line for 92 yards rushing and scored three times as DeMatha handed the hosts their first home loss in five seasons, 24-6.

The No. 1-ranked Stags (4-0) had tuned up for Brockton, ranked fourth nationally by beating Gilman, Cardozo and Theodore Roosevelt by a combined 118-20. But the Stags, No. 7 nationally, used their size to control the line of scrimmage and contain Brockton's Anthony Comer. He did run in a 64-yard touchdown, but it was nullified by a penalty.

The Stags face No. 13 McNamara (4-1) in a key Metro Conference battle at 1:30 Saturday at Parkdale.

BIG MISTAKE:

Parkdale Coach Bob Johnson said, "If I still had hair, I would pull it out" after his team's third loss because of critical mistakes. "We outplayed Bladensburg, Friendly and Largo and lost all three games. It's crazy. We have good talent, speed, depth, but we make that one mistake and it kills us." Parkdale (1-3) lost in overtime to Bladensburg, 20-14, when the Mustangs returned a fumble 94 yards for a touchdown. Parkdale had earlier missed an extra-point kick, forcing overtime. In a 7-0 loss to Friendly, Parkdale failed to get in from the 1 on two occasions. Against Largo, Parkdale was inside the 10 four times but scored only once.

Johnson's team plays Bowie this week. "And you know what we will be working on this week -- scoring offense inside the 10," he said. "We might be 1-3 but we are the best 1-3 team you will see."

WAKEUP CALL:

Defending Virginia AAA Division 6 champion West Potomac had back-to-back 7-0 losses to No. 12 Gar-Field and No. 3 T.C. Williams to start the season. Despite losing 19 starters, some people wondered what was wrong with the team. Coach Dan Meier said things would turn around, and how right he was.

Stuart, Herndon and Robinson know there's nothing wrong with West Potomac. They were beaten, 38-0, 49-6 and 36-0, respectively and West Potomac seems ready to defend its Gunston District, Northern Region and state titles. The Wolverines get a stern test at Hayfield (4-0) at 7:30 Friday.

BULLY FOR BULLIS:

Two weeks ago, Bullis had to cancel four IAC games because it didn't have enough players. The school called up a dozen or so junior varsity players so it could field a team. But Bullis did not cancel against Pallotti, which had the area's longest winning streak at 17.

Bullis did everything right and stunned Pallotti, 15-13. Mike Iven's 80-yard second-half kickoff return sparked the Bulldogs.

"We caught them off guard in the first half," Coach John Moran said. " . . . After that it was all heart and desire on our part."

OTHER STREAKS:

St. Albans had the area's second-longest winning streak stopped at 10. Despite a huge advantage in rushing yardage, St. Albans couldn't score and lost to Allegany, 6-0. After edging Seneca Valley, 16-15, Springfield now has the area's longest winning streak at nine.

Wakefield has the longest losing streak at 14 after falling to Yorktown, 21-3. Blair has lost 11 straight.

CUTTING IT CLOSE:

No one can accuse Potomac (Va.) Coach Bill Brown of running up the score. The No. 5 Panthers improved to 4-0 overall, 2-0 in the Commonwealth District with a 12-6 win over Woodbridge. In its three previous games, Potomac has beaten South Lakes, 15-7, Stonewall Jackson, 14-0 and Gar-Field, 12-7.

Last week, Potomac was protecting a 10-7 lead and Woodbridge took over at its 20. But the Panthers sacked Paul Harris and forced a fumble. The ball rolled out of the end zone for a safety. Potomac recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.