The Virginia AAA Northern Region Division 5 final between West Potomac and Hayfield is Friday at 1:30 at Washington-Lee. (Published 11/ 20/90)
Douglass, which has had one winning season the last four years, continues to be the area's surprise team. Making its first appearance in the playoffs in 15 years, the Prince George's County school stunned Walkersville, 35-0, to raise its record to 10-1 and advance to the Maryland Class 2A semifinals. The biggest obstacle facing Douglass Coach John Latzo is a practice he must schedule for Thanksgiving morning.
"The guys probably are not going to care for that," he said. "Some of these kids have been waiting for this for four years. We just want to play, that's all."
Following a 21-14 loss to Bladensburg, Douglass outscored its last seven opponents by 158-22. Tailback Charles Tucker had 145 yards and two touchdowns against Walkersville.
BY THE WAYSIDE:
Forced to forfeit 10 games because of an ineligible player, H.D. Woodson saw its best-ever record, 11-0, nullified. The Warriors did not play their final regular season game against Phelps, so their final record is 1-10. As a result of the forfeits, Eastern, with an updated record of 8-2, was awarded the Interhigh League East Division title and advances to the league championship game against West champion Wilson (8-1-1) Thanksgiving morning at Howard's Greene Stadium.
MUSTANGS WIN METRO:
Led by Junior Bynum's 312 yards passing and three touchdowns, McNamara beat Good Counsel, 47-3, to sew up the Metro Conference championship, its first since 1985. Bynum was the key to the sixth-ranked Mustangs' run-and-shoot offense that averaged 29.3 points per game. The senior completed 140 of 282 for 2,230 yards and had 20 touchdown passes. He also rushed for 11 touchdowns, accounting for 31 of his team's 44 touchdowns.
Defending Virginia AAA Division 6 champion West Potomac and Maryland 4A champion Springbrook had no problems in their first playoff tests. The top-ranked Blue Devils got five touchdowns from Leonard Green and crushed Severna Park, 34-3, in their quarterfinal. No. 10 West Potomac, which dropped to Division 5 this season, topped the 40-point mark for the third time in five weeks as it pounded Edison, 47-0. The Wolverines' ninth straight win sets up a rematch with Hayfield for the Northern Region title Saturday.
Most of the other opening round winners enjoyed easy games. Second-ranked T.C. Williams, which has bounced back from two mediocre seasons, ran past Madison, 44-14, to advance to the Division 6 region final against No. 5 Annandale. The high-scoring Atoms blasted Herndon, 51-12, Friday night.
Potomac had a scare before holding off E.C. Glass, 21-14, in a Northwest Region Division 5 semifinal. Fauquier topped GW-Danville, 31-14, and Gar-Field edged Woodbridge, 21-20, in the Division 6 semifinals.
In Maryland quarterfinals, Oxon Hill's defense turned in another flawless performance, recording its fifth shutout in six games and seventh this season with a 27-0 win over High Point. Wootton earned a date with Montgomery County foe Springbrook by beating Old Mill, 17-7. In 3A play, Northern stung North Hagerstown, 43-20, and will see SMAC rival McDonough again in a semifinal. The Rams spoiled Bladensburg's first playoff appearance with a 40-6 thumping. Howard County teams Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake stayed alive one more week. The Wildecats rushed past Chesapeake of Baltimore County, 43-6, in a 2A game. Oakland Mills won its 3A game, 27-26, over Laurel.
There was one big upset. Damascus, which earned the eighth and final seed by the slimmest of margins, handed top-seeded Fort Hill a rare home field loss, 10-9, in a 2A game.
Springbrook's Leonard Green had 234 yards rushing and all five touchdowns in his team's 34-3 win over Severna Park; James Milliner had 212 yards and two touchdowns in Annandale's 51-12 win over Herndon. Randallstown's Larry Washington had 312 yards rushing and scored five times to help beat Seneca Valley, 33-21.