For years West Potomac has made its name on the strength of its running game. Last night Hayfield found out the Wolverines can pass as well.

Quarterback Matt Browne hooked up with Chris Everette for two second-quarter touchdowns and the Wolverines handed Hayfield its first loss of the season, 14-7, in a Gunston District game dominated by two good defenses at Hayfield.

For the game, Browne completed four of seven passes for 84 yards. All the completions were to Everette, including the game winner with West Potomac trailing, 7-6, with 1:22 remaining in the half.

Browne's pump fake drew Hayfield defensive back Mike Guy up toward the line and allowed Everette to get behind the defense for a 58-yard touchdown reception.

"He bit on it earlier and I told {Browne} to run a hitch and go," said Everette. "{Guy} slipped and {Browne} just laid it up and no one was there."

Everette then passed to Browne for a two-point conversion.

But it was an outstanding Hayfield defense, led by Steve Leigh and Marco White, that shut down the Wolverines' outside running game.

After a scoreless first quarter, Hayfield defense reversed a West Potomac drive and gave the Hawks a 7-0 lead.

The Wolverines drove to the Hayfield 15, but on third and seven, Browne rolled to his right, away from his blocking. He took a staggering hit from Stephan Scott that jarred loose the ball.

White scooped up the bouncing ball on the 40 and ran 60 yards for the game's first score and White's second fumble recovery touchdown of the season.

The Hayfield defense held on the ensuing West Potomac possession, but Keith Martin fumbled the Wolverines' punt, setting up a West Potomac first down at the 13.

Five plays later Browne hit Everette for a nine-yard score.

Hayfield had a chance to win, or at least force an overtime, but Leigh's fumble on the West Potomac 3 with 2:59 left secured the Wolverines' fourth straight win. West Potomac, the defending state AAA champion, opened the season with two consecutive 7-0 losses.

"We weren't a real good football team on Labor Day, but I said by Columbus Day, we would be a heck of a team," said West Potomac Coach Dan Meier. "And we'll still be playing on Thanksgiving. We never doubted ourselves."