It was a sweet homecoming yesterday for top-ranked Springbrook, as quarterback Anthony Sawyer scored from one yard on fourth down with 2:25 left for a 17-13 win over rival Montgomery County Division I contender Gaithersburg.

The score came on a broken play as Sawyer, pausing after the snap, skirted the right side and got into the end zone untouched.

"The quarterback went the wrong way," Springbrook Coach Bob Milloy said. "The ball was supposed to go to {running back Leonard} Green. I called time out {before the play} to make sure everyone knew what they were doing."

"The play was 82-belly, in which the defense was lined up on the {left} side," Sawyer said. "I looked the wrong way. I went to the right and no one was there to stop me."

Springbrook (6-0 overall, 4-0 league) almost did not get the chance to score. The drive stalled at the Gaithersburg 46, where the Blue Devils faced fourth and three. Sawyer rolled right and fired a sideline pass to Tyrone Frazier at the 37.

"That was the biggest play," Gaithersburg Coach John Harvill said. Ten plays later, Sawyer scored.

Playing a big part in the Springbrook offense was Green, who gained 242 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. On the winning drive, he had gains of 14 and 10 yards.

"{Gaithersburg} didn't give us the big play," Green said. "They gave us the short stuff. The line did a great job. {Offensive line} Coach {Tom} Crowell had every lineman working hard this week."

Gaithersburg (4-2, 1-1) took the lead for the first time, 14-10, with 11:53 to play. Jason Woodward, just in at quarterback because Jermaine Wilson was hit by heat cramps, passed up the middle to Kirk Morris for a 25-yard touchdown..

Springbrook started the scoring with 5:34 left in the first quarter. Green's one-yard score was set up by a 22-yard run by Sawyer to the 18.

On the ensuing drive, Gaithersburg made it 7-7. Using a sustained drive on the ground, the Trojans marched to the 12 on nine plays. From there, Lonnie Bryant, thanks to a good block from Morris, scored on a 25-yard run down the right side.