Using a game plan centered almost exclusively on rushing, Churchill ran over Gaithersburg, 24-7, last night to spoil the Trojans' homecoming. The Bulldogs improved to 7-1 with their sixth consecutive win; they are 3-1 in Montgomery County Division I. Gaithersburg is 5-3, 1-2.

"We planned on running the football much, much more this week than we normally do," Coach Fred Shepherd said. "We felt they weren't nearly as strong up the middle, so we felt we'd run it."

With Gaithersburg looking for fullback Tim Ford, Churchill gave the ball to Ray Leonard Jr. on the opening drive. Leonard, playing in his first game in two weeks because of an ankle injury, rushed four times for 45 yards to set up Joe Gillen's 35-yard field goal.

"They were keying on our fullback, Tim Ford, because he had been running the ball so well the last couple of weeks," Leonard said. "So {Shepherd} said we'd start off with me this week."

One thing Gaithersburg didn't want to see was turnovers, which have plagued the Trojans all season. But on a fourth down at midfield in their first series, the snap bounced on the ground and punter Jason Woodward couldn't hold onto it. Churchill's Chi Kang recovered at the Trojans 15-yard line.

Leonard and Ford alternated runs before Ford pounded the ball in from one yard. The two-point conversion run failed, leaving Churchill with a 9-0 lead.

Gaithersburg fumbled on its next series and the Bulldogs took over once more in Trojan territory, at the 45. They covered that distance in 11 plays, all on the ground. Mat Smith just got over the goal line from two yards for the touchdown. This time, Ford carried around left end for the conversion.

At the start of the second half, the Trojans drove 70 yards on nine plays, helped by an unnecessary roughness penalty on fourth down at midfield. Quarterback Jermaine Wilson darted in and out of defenders for a 19-yard touchdown run.

Trojans Coach John Harvill said they planned to throw, but Wilson was limited to 29 yards on four-of-13 passing. He was sacked five times, three by Gabe Matus.

In the fourth quarter, Ford pounded out long runs as the Bulldogs drove to Gaithersburg's 2 with just over two minutes to play. Kevin Krufky ran it in for the final score.