STOPPED SHORT:

Having beaten Commonwealth District foe Woodbridge, 30-0, just last week, Gar-Field knew it would be tougher when the teams met in a Virginia AAA Northwest Region Division 6 semifinal game Friday night. The Indians jumped ahead, 21-0, before the Vikings fought back. Woodbridge trailed by 21-14 when Sean Scales threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Harrelson to cut the deficit to a point with 1:30 left to play. Woodbridge decided to go for the two-point conversion and the win. Scales tried to run over from the 3-yard line but Gar-Field's Latroy Askew and Jay Medina stopped the quarterback a yard short of the goal line and Gar-Field was in the final.

Askew, the Indians' leading rusher, scored all three of his team's touchdowns and caught a pass for a two-point conversion in the 21-20 win.

THUMBS UP:

Unbeaten Potomac has relied on its defense for big plays all season. In recent weeks, the offense has come into its own. Potomac had its hands full Friday night against E.C. Glass in a Virginia AAA Northwest Region Division 5 game. Down 14-13 with a few minutes to play, Potomac had the ball on its 35. But quarterback Gilbert Telleria had dislocated his thumb in practice Thursday and couldn't throw. He ran an option play to his right and while being tackled, pitched the ball to tailback Shane Wright. The sophomore pulled up and threw a perfect pass to a wide-open Keith Honore, who caught the ball at the Glass 15 and scored untouched with 22 seconds to play.