The H.D. Woodson defense left Carroll quarterback George McDaniel groggy, his offensive mates kicking up dust in frustration and Woodson Coach Bob Headen doused in ice yesterday. The seventh-ranked Warriors solidified their place among the elite teams in the area with a physical 17-8 win that spoiled 15th-ranked Carroll's homecoming.

"It's always good to beat a ranked team," said Headen, whose team is undefeated after 10 games. "We don't always get the opportunity to play ranked teams, especially this late in the year."

Meanwhile, Carroll (6-3) suffered its second consecutive loss, this defeat coming on the heels of a 33-14 Metro Conference loss to fifth-ranked McNamara.

Also, according to Carroll coaches, this is the first time the Lions have lost to an Interhigh team in 12 years. Last season Carroll routed the Warriors, 30-0.

The Warriors' defense was ornery and stingy as usual. Outside of one play -- a 65-yard touchdown pass from McDaniel to wide receiver Derrick Wynn that gave the Lions an 8-7 second-quarter lead -- it dominated and held when tested.

Trailing by 8-7 at the half, the Woodson offense came out with authority on its opening drive, the key play coming when quarterback Allen Johnson stood in the face of a blitz and completed a 27-yard strike to Carlos Winston to the Lions' 11.

Four plays later, Anthony Bradsher converted a 30-yard field goal to give the Warriors a 10-8 lead.

H.D. Woodson sealed the game in the fourth quarter after taking over at the Lions' 13 after a poor punt from the 1. On the next play, Marcus Stevens squirted through the middle for the touchdown and a 17-8 lead.