Four weeks ago, West Potomac trounced Edison, 53-0, in a Gunston District regular season game. The teams met again last night at West Potomac in a Division 5 Northern Region semifinal, and Yogi Berra couldn't have described it better.
It was like deja vu all over again.
The 12th-ranked Wolverines built up a 20-0 lead at intermission and rolled into next week's regional final with a methodical, 47-0 victory.
As in the first meeting, when the Wolverines rushed for 395 yards, West Potomac did most of the damage on the ground.
With 14 different ballcarriers, they rushed for 401 yards, led by sophomore Torry Scales with 138 yards and a touchdown.
And with a defense that limited the Eagles to 13 total yards in the first half, West Potomac was never threatened as it won its 21st consecutive home game.
"We couldn't get complacent. We looked at the playoffs as a whole new season," said Lamont Gooding, who rushed for 75 yards and two scores.
"What we did before doesn't count for anything."
West Potomac, which has won nine straight after beginning the year with two shutout losses, can now look forward to Friday's matchup with Hayfield at Washington-Lee at 1:30, when they'll play in their third staight regional final.
Hayfield, which the Wolverines defeatd by 14-7 earlier in the year, defeated Yorktown in last night's other Division 5 semifinal.
The Wolverines wasted little time in dashing any far-fetched upset hopes by Edison fans. The Wolverines took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards in only six plays to take a 6-0 lead.
Matt Browne's one-yard keeper ended a drive that was highlighted by Mike Quander's 60-yard run on the game's second play.
Gooding added two short touchdown runs in the second quarter to give the Wolverines a 20-0 halftime advantage.
"I'm glad the boys rose to the occasion," said West Potomac Coach Danny Meier. "They were real sharp offensively, and defensively they played with real intensity for the entire 48 minutes."
Mike Quander opened the scoring in the second half, taking a screen pass from Browne and hustling 30 yards down the left sideline to give West Potomac a 27-0 lead with 9:34 remaining in the third quarter.
Chris Everette, Matt Lambert and Scales added second-half touchdowns and the defense maintained the shutout despite the fact the starting unit did not play virtually the entire half.