HAPPY RETURN: With 48 seconds remaining against Churchill and the game tied at 10, Wootton's eight-game winning streak was in jeopardy. But Wootton forced a punt, which Marlon Evans fielded at his 40. He picked up key blocks from Alan Dinerman, Darrell McGraw, Jan Berstein and Geoff Pearce near midfield and raced to the Churchill 33.

After a completed pass and a penalty, Pearce kicked a 31-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining for a 13-10 Patriots victory.

"We practice punt returns every day. We always try to set up a wall on one side or the other," said Wootton Coach Bob Hampton. "It's a guessing game and we guessed right this time."

BIG BREAK: Douglass halfback Truman Washington spent Saturday night with his right leg propped up in the Greater Laurel Hospital. Earlier in the day, the senior took an option pitch from Errick Douglas and ran 44 yards to set up the lone score in an 8-0 Prince George's 3A/2A victory over Laurel.

Washington, who leads his team in scoring with eight touchdowns, broke a bone in his left leg as he was being dragged down by Laurel's Jeff Switzer at the Spartans 11. Four plays later, Douglas scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak keeping the Eagles in contention for a Maryland 3A State playoff berth.

"I don't know how it happened," said Washington from his hospital room. "He only had my left leg. I'm glad we won. They said that they were going to win it for me. It makes me feel a little bit better."