With first place in the Interstate Athletic Conference at stake, Georgetown Prep used a stingy defense to stifle an ineffective St. Albans offense en route to a 14-0 victory at home.

The shutout gave the Little Hoyas (6-1, 3-0) sole possession of first place in the conference; the Bulldogs are 5-2, 2-1.

The Little Hoyas dictated the tempo from the outset, scoring with only a minute elapsed, aided in large part by aggressive special teams play.

Prep's Scott Campbell blocked David Larson's punt deep in St. Albans territory and recovered it on the 9. On the ensuing play, running back Bryan Leibrand carried up the middle for the touchdown, making it 7-0.

"That was certainly a crucial play," Prep Coach Jim Fegan said. "It was important that we stopped their first drive without letting them get a first down."

That score would be all Prep needed as its defense, which has allowed just one touchdown this season, clogged all running lanes, shutting down running backs Andy Hubbard and Jon Roth.

Prep, which displayed little offensive spunk of its own, came up with another big play late in the fourth quarter. Defensive back Timmy Porter intercepted Larson's pass at the 30, returning it 25 yards. Running back Richard Kailin then put St. Albans down 14-0 with a five-yard touchdown run.

Neither team, except in rare instances, could move the ball within the opponent's 30-yard line.

"We didn't play well enough to win," St. Albans Coach Dick Allanson said. "We couldn't throw the football and we had to do it {to win}. They didn't make any mistakes and we had people make key {ones}."

The Bulldogs kept it close, however, thwarting a 20-yard Prep drive late in the first quarter when Sam Cross intercepted Little Hoyas quarterback Cayton Schuyler in St. Albans territory, returning the ball to the 23. But the Bulldogs couldn't capitalize and punted after three downs.

The Little Hoyas hurt themselves two possessions later, when Leibrand fumbled on the Bulldogs 49. But Roth fumbled less than a minute later. Roth, however, rectified his mistake by intercepting Schuyler at 4:11 of the second quarter after a 17-yard Leibrand run that landed Prep on the Bulldogs 32.