BEST START EVER:

After a number of mediocre seasons, Wootton has emerged as a legitimate threat to win the Montgomery County Division II crown. The Patriots shut out Einstein, 14-0, to raise their division record to 3-0 and overall to 5-0, the school's best start in its 20-year existence.

"I don't want to jinx us but we possess some ability to do pretty good," eighth-year coach Bob Hampton said. "We preach one game at a time but we are no longer a secret."

Hampton says one reason for his team's early success is speed. Tailback Shawn Thomas had a 65-yard touchdown run and receiver Marlon Evans caught a 44-yard scoring pass last weekend. They have combined for five touchdowns.

In the next three weeks, Wootton will face teams with a combined 5-10 record.

UNBEATENS FALL:

At the halfway mark, several unbeaten teams faced one another, looking to take control of their respective league races. In the big Metro Conference clash, McNamara used a flea-flicker play in the final minute to stun No. 1 DeMatha, 7-3, and claim a share of first place with Carroll.

In a big Prince George's 4A game, Oxon Hill turned in a tenacious defensive effort to defeat High Point, 8-0. Oxon Hill (4-0 in the league) will play at Largo (4-0) Saturday.

West Potomac, loser in its first two games by 7-0 scores, continued its climb back by defeating previously unbeaten Gunston District foe Hayfield, 14-7. West Potomac has won four straight games and is tied for first place with Lee.

T.C. Williams handed upstart Centreville its first loss of the season, 21-3, to take over first place in the Northern District by a half-game over Oakton.

Yorktown fell from the ranks of the unbeaten as James Milliner scored six times to lead Annandale to a 56-27 win in a Potomac District game. Annandale leads Stuart by a half-game and the two teams play Friday night.

FLINT HILL WINS FIRST:

Bob Hardage, who built a powerhouse at Annandale before retiring last year, celebrated his first varsity victory at Flint Hill. The Falcons, who had won two of their previous three junior varsity games, shut out Riverdale Baptist, 21-0.

"We've made a lot of progress. We only have about 25 kids and eight of them are freshmen," Hardage said. "We have a few kids who can play with anyone and I'm pleased where we area right now. To tell the truth, I felt we could have played better."

Flint Hill will play two more varsity games this season and will play a complete varsity schedule in 1991.

HIGH-SCORING COUNTY:

Unbeaten Howard County teams Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills, both 5-0, are battling to become not only the county's highest-scoring team but the best in the area as well. Wilde Lake routed Mount Hebron, 36-0, and has outscored its foes, 180-16, averaging an area-high 36 points per game. Oakland Mills defeated Centennial, 41-0, to increase its per game average to 31.2, seventh-highest in the area.

Other teams averaging more than 30 points per game include Springbrook (34.8), Annandale (33.6), Maret (33.2), Fairfax (32.6), Oxon Hill (31.4) and Northern (30.4).

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Said West Potomac Coach Danny Meier, after his team defeated Hayfield for its fourth straight win: "I said 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. And we'll still be playing on Thanksgiving."