It could be argued that Mount Vernon was the Gunston District's dominant team in the '80s. The Majors won a state championship in 1983 and two Northern Region titles and finished second or better in the region seven of the 10 years.
But the story changed in 1985 when Fort Hunt and Groveton merged to create West Potomac. Since that time, West Potomac has established itself as one of the region's premier teams.
The current disparity between the teams was evident last night as West Potomac thrashed the Majors, 39-12, in a AAA Gunston District game at Mount Vernon.
The Wolverines upped their record to 7-2, 4-0 in the district. A victory over Lee in two weeks would give them their third outright district title in six years. It also was the fourth straight year West Potomac has handled the Majors, with the combined score being 150-19. Mount Vernon fell to 2-6, 1-2.
Mike Quander scored five touchdowns and rushed for 101 yards on 12 carries. Two of his touchdowns came on passes from Matt Browne, who completed six of seven passes for 123 yards. The Wolverines' offensive line pushed the Mount Vernon defense around all game -- West Potomac gaining 291 rushing yards.
"If we had a problem early, it was the offensive line," said West Potomac Coach Danny Meier. "Our kids were young and our system is complex and it takes a while to catch on. But our offense is really clicking now."
West Potomac, which has outscored opponents by 266-25 in its seven-game winning streak, put the game away early in the third quarter with two scoring drives. The first, a 49-yarder, ended with Browne finding Quander open near the right side of the end zone.
The second drive was 92 yards, with Quander gaining 28 rushing. He also scored the touchdown after Browne faked into the line and hit Quander over the middle for a 30-yard scoring play.
Mount Vernon surprised the Wolverines by taking the opening kickoff and smartly moving 70 yards for a touchdown.
Quarterback Adam Dolder completed four passes for 58 yards. A nicely executed screen pass caught the aggressive Wolverines in a blitz and the play to Kevin Jackson was good for 20 yards. Dolder later completed a deep slant pattern to Kevin Besemer, who made a leaping catch at the West Potomac 4. Jackson scored on the next play.
But the remainder of the half belonged to West Potomac. The Wolverines came right back after Shawn Freeman's 34-yard kickoff return put the ball at midfield. Led by hard-charging fullback Lamont Gooding, West Potomac needed just seven plays to even the score. Gooding's 25-yard run keyed the drive and the 255-pound senior smashed in from the 4 for a 6-6 game.