NORTHERN LIGHTS IT UP:

In the 24-year history of the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference, only two Calvert County schools have won football titles -- Calvert in 1972 and Northern in 1989. No. 12 Northern (8-0) has a good chance to repeat as conference champions as long as the ball gets in the hands of two guys named Jones.

Last year, Northern's offense centered around Damian Jones and cousin Felbert Jones. This year, Damian is the big play man with lots of help from quarterback and cousin Dennis Jones. Damian and tailback Earl Harris have accounted for more than 90 percent of the team's rushing yards and have scored 28 touchdowns. Damian Jones had 165 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 31-6 triumph over Great Mills Friday.

Dennis Jones has thrown seven touchdown passes. With the win, Northern maintained a one-game lead in the SMAC over McDonough.

BLAZERS BREAK STREAK:

Entering their meeting Saturday, both Blair and Einstein were 0-7 this season. Over the past two seasons, Blair had lost 14 straight games and Einstein had lost its last nine. Each knew the game might be its final chance to win in 1990.

Entering the game, Einstein had scored 46 points and Blair had only 38. Neither managed much offense Saturday, but with Einstein threatening in the second period, Blair's Ray Fisher picked up a fumble ball and raced 88 yards for the game's only touchdown as Blair became an 8-0 homecoming winner.

Northwestern, which had lost eight straight entering the weekend, ended its streak by shocking Bowie Saturday, 14-6.

Einstein and Suitland each have lost 10 straight over the past two seasons. Warren County is 0-9 this season. Brentsville, James Wood, King George, Calvert, Riverdale Baptist and Poolesville are 0-8.

GREEN TIDAL WAVE:

Spingarn, 1-6 entering Saturday's Interhigh East game against Ballou, put its trust in quarterback Demond Arter. He responded by completing 25 of 30 passes for 488 yards and touchdowns of 20, eight, 78 and 64 yards as Spingarn won, 34-30. Brian Alston caught 12 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Antonio Jackson had eight receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown.

Ballou quarterback Mark Dozier also had an excellent passing day. He completed 16 of 20 passes for 245 yards.

CORSO HITS THE BOOKS:

W.T. Woodson junior Brandon Corso completed just 13 of 40 passes Friday night in a 14-7 loss to West Springfield, but his seventh completion put him in the Virginia High School League state record book.

That pass broke the single-season mark of 152 completions set by Mount Vernon's Larry Hartman in an 11-game schedule in 1968. Corso has two more games to add to his current total of 159.

Corso has completed 54 percent of his passes for 1,769 yards. His favorite target has been Mike Woolever (58 catches for 609 yards and three touchdowns).

Despite Corso's achievements, the Cavaliers (3-5) have been outscored by 151-89.

JUST MISSED:

Robert Gandara's 34-yard field goal in the third quarter enabled Lordsburg (N.M.) to defeat Animas, 9-8, Friday, and end the nation's longest high school football winning streak at 69 games.

Animas, which had not lost since the final regular season game of 1984, came up three wins short in pursuit of the all-time national record 72-game winning streak established by East Hudson High (Mich.) from 1968 to 1975.