NORTHERN MAKES HISTORY: Unbeaten Northern (10-0), which claimed its second straight SMAC championship with a 27-0 triumph over Calvert Saturday, takes the metropolitan area's longest active regular season winning streak of 23 games into its Maryland State 3A quarterfinal playoff against North Hagerstown this week.

The Patriots, who for many years rarely won more than three games a season, are 32-4 in Coach Jerry Franks's three seasons and are the first SMAC team to ever be ranked in the Washington Post Top 10 (ranked 10th this week).

"We are also the only team in Calvert County to win a football championship {having won two}," Franks said. "We are playing pretty well going in and this team has a bit more depth than last year's team," which lost in the state semifinals.

Led by cousins Damien and Dennis Jones, the Patriots are averaging 32.6 points (allowing only 5.7).

JUST MISSED: Absent from the postseason:

Quince Orchard (8-2) lost to No. 9 Seneca Valley and No. 13 Wootton and missed out on a Maryland 4A berth. Broad Run (8-2) topped Park View, 24-7, but its two-point loss to Loudoun Valley two weeks ago cost it a Virginia AA Region II, Division 4 berth.

St. Albans (7-2) allowed only 41 points, but lost to Allegany, 6-0, and eventual IAC champion Georgetown Prep, 14-0.

Other teams missing out on playoff berths were Churchill (8-2), Friendly (8-2), North County (8-2) and Fairfax (7-3).

INTERHIGH SCRAMBLE: Dunbar (7-4) had its finest season in years, finishing with a 34-8 win over McKinley. The Crimson Tide, 4-1 in West Division play, could tie for the division title if Wilson loses to Coolidge Tuesday. Eastern (7-3) held off two-time league champion Anacostia, 28-26, in overtime. H.D. Woodson (11-0) is being investigated for a possible ineligible player and, if the allegations are proved, Eastern would be crowned the East Division winner.

ON A ROLL: Virginia State AAA Division 6 champion West Potomac opened the season with back-to-back 7-0 losses to Gar-Field and T.C. Williams. But after blasting Lee, 48-6, last weekend, the Wolverines (8-2) are the Gunston District champs and take an eight-game winning streak into their Division 5 semifinal game Friday against Edison.

No. 1 Springbrook (10-0) has posted three shutouts in its last four games. No. 3 Oxon Hill (10-0) lost a bid for its seventh shutout in a 32-3 win over Friendly. Douglass (9-1) defeated Potomac, 16-0, for its sixth straight victory. Wilde Lake topped Howard County rival Oakland Mills, 18-0, and has allowed only 31 total points. Yorktown (9-1) won its last five to earn a Division 5 berth against Hayfield.

YATES WINS RUSHING TITLE: Yorktown's 5-foot-5, 155-pound Andre Yates closed out the regular season with a 241-yard, five-touchdown effort in a 52-8 win over Washington-Lee. Yates, who missed one game, led all area rushers with 1,995 yards on 200 carries. The senior also had 25 touchdowns.

Oakland Mills's Korey Singleton went into the final weekend with 1,817 yards and 23 touchdowns but had a bruised knee and did not carry the ball in a 18-0 loss to Wilde Lake. Annandale's James Milliner finished third with 1,769 yards. He led the area in touchdowns with 28.

UNEXPECTED: After watching his team methodically take apart Virginia AAA Commonwealth District rival Woodbridge, 30-0, Gar-Field Coach Chuck White said, "I was surprised as anyone. I was worried about getting blown out."