By halftime last night, Gar-Field had made one thing perfectly clear: The Indians wanted to host the first round of the Northwest Region playoffs more than homestanding Woodbridge.

Both clubs were guaranteed a berth in next weekend's playoffs, but it was the Indians who raced to a 24-0 lead and coasted to a 30-0 triumph over their Commonwealth District rivals in the rain. As a result, Gar-Field (8-2, 6-2) will play at home -- quite possibly against Woodbridge.

"I was as surprised as anyone" by the outcome, said Gar-Field Coach Chuck White. "I was worried about getting blown out."

But just the opposite happened as the Indians' defense and special teams assumed control from the outset. Twice in the first quarter, Gar-Field applied intense pressure on Woodbridge punter Wes Campbell deep in Vikings territory. Both times the Indians came up with prime field position and scored.

On second down, Latroy Askew, who scored all four of Gar-Field's touchdowns and led the Indians in rushing with 98 yards, took Ron Hick's trademark two-handed shuffle pitch and bolted around the left end for a 47-yard touchdown.

The Vikings, whose offense ran just 12 plays in the first half and failed to gain a first down until early in the fourth quarter, were unable to move the ball on their next possession and Gar-Field took over at midfield following Campbell's 22-yard punt.

The Indians put together a nine-play drive as Hicks connected with Wes Gardner for a 14-yard gain on third and eight from the 36. Askew then carried three straight times before scoring on an 11-yard pitch-sweep right. Matt Daly's extra point made it 14-0 with 56 seconds left in the quarter.

After a penalty nullified an Indians touchdown on a nifty flea-flicker, Daly added a 38-yard field goal late in the second quarter to make it 17-0.

Following a fumble by Woodbridge quarterback Sean Scales, the Indians drove to the 14. A penalty set up second and 24 with 20 seconds left. But Hicks lobbed a pass to Askew, who split two defenders at the goal line for the score.

"We put in a few extra things {offensively} this week," White said. "Our offense really did a good job keeping them off the field."

The Vikings' offense proved especially predictable in the second half as Scales took it upon himself to scramble -- with little success -- most of the time. He finished with 64 yards on 19 runs.

"They simply outplayed us," said Woodbridge coach Ron Davis. "We didn't show up to play."