A week after one of the biggest wins in the football program's history, top-ranked DeMatha saw its dreams of an undefeated season and its lofty national ranking dashed with a flick of the wrist.

McNamara wide receiver Asim Penny connected with fellow wideout Andre Martin on a flea-flicker pass play with less than a minute remaining for the winning touchdown as the Mustangs (4-1) shocked the Stags, 7-3, in a Metro Conference game at St. John's.

Facing fourth and 20, quarterback Junior Bynum lateraled to Penny, who hoisted a perfect pass to Martin, running a deep crossing pattern, for the score.

"It's a play called 'Cadillac Left,' " said Penny, who started at quarterback last season. "The corner bit and I just waited until I saw {Martin} pass the free safety and lobbed it. I was just thinking catch it."

"Our offense {the run-and-shoot} tries to spread things out," said McNamara Coach Tom Clark. "The trick plays are plays that are actually real plays for us. We just hope that we can get one big play."

Last week the Stags, then ranked seventh nationally, upended Brockton (Mass.), ranked fourth at the time, 24-6.

The touchdown culminated a five-play, 83-yard drive that began with 1:53 remaining.

On first and 10 from the McNamara 17, Bynum passed to wide receiver Keith Warren for 41 yards and McNamara received an additional 15 yards when defensive back Sylvester Settles was called for a face mask penalty, moving the ball to the DeMatha 27.

The drive appeared stalled after DeMatha sacked Bynum on the next three plays to push the Mustangs back to the 37 and bring up a fourth and 20.

DeMatha quarterback Dan Crowley passed his team to the McNamara 21-yard line before Penny intercepted his second pass of the game in the end zone on the game's final play. Both of Penny's interceptions came in the end zone.

"We never gave up no matter what," said Penny. "We had it in our hearts. This week culminates a week of emotional practices for us. We would not be denied."

McNamara's victory was more the product of a courageous defense than its run-and-shoot offense, which sputtered for most of the game.

Despite a tremendous size disadvantage along the line, the Mustangs defense stopped DeMatha (4-1) four times after it advanced inside the 20 and limited the Stags to a 26-yard field goal by David DeArmas on its opening drive.

The final stand was paramount as McNamara kept the Stags from scoring after a fake Mustangs punt flopped, giving DeMatha the ball at the McNamara 19 with 3:27 left.

An incomplete fourth-down pass to Stags wide receiver Reggie Funderburk set up the game-winning drive.

"This will our biggest week of the season," said DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor. "We will see if if we can regroup and come together for the final six weeks of the season."