Sean Goodwin rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another and Andre Yates ran for 225 yards as Yorktown ran past Fairfax, 41-27, in a AAA Potomac District game last night at Yorktown.

Goodwin's 55-yard option run broke a 20-20 tie and lifted the Patriots into the lead for good. Goodwin ran left with Yates as the pitch man, then cut upfield and broke open with a cutback all the way back across the field.

"I was looking to pitch to Yates, but he was covered," said Goodwin. "There was an opening in the middle so I took it and then I saw an opening to the wide side of the field."

Fairfax fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Jerome Craig recovered for Yorktown at the Rebels 25. Five plays later, Goodwin sneaked in from the 3 and Yorktown led by 14.

Another five plays later, Goodwin intercepted Brian Day's pass, which had been deflected by Ezra Cooper. A 57-yard, nine-play drive culminating in Mike Geter's six-yard run ended any suspense with 59 seconds to play.

Yates, who has rushed for more than 200 yards in seven of his eight games, was exciting as usual. The 5-foot-5, 155-pound senior has excellent vision, outstanding speed and quick cutting ability. Combine that with surprising strength and you have the Northern Region's top runner with 1,754 yards and 20 touchdowns.

"He follows his blockers really well and is a very tough inside runner," said Yorktown Coach Bruce Hanson. "Teams key on him -- goodness knows we run him a lot and I think he is the best back in the metropolitan area."

Yates was most active in the second half with 20 of his 28 carries and 133 yards. The Rebels focused so much on trying to stop him that they were hurt by other Yorktown players such as Goodwin and Geter.

Geter carried just eight times but he gained 92 yards. Goodwin's five attempts netted 70 yards as the Patriots amassed 401 yards on the ground.

For much of the way, the game was close. Yorktown (8-1, 4-1 in the district) led by only 20-14 entering the fourth period after the score had been tied at halftime.

Fairfax (6-3, 3-2) tied it when fullback Lee Cook ran wide, then pulled up and threw to an open Dave Spungin from 10 yards for a 14-14 tie.

Cook finished the game with 156 yards on 19 carries, 41 of those yards on a touchdown with 18 seconds to play.

"We took them out of their game, which is running," Hanson said. "We gave them some of the short passes but we felt that wasn't them. They want to run but we stopped 33 {Carlos Combs} and we made 4 {Cook} work awfully hard for his yards."