ALL-AREA FINAL: As expected, this year's Virginia AAA Division 5 championship will belong to an area school. Potomac, from Dumphries, advanced to the final with a 17-0 triumph at Varina. Potomac, a loser in the final last year, now faces its toughest test of the season, against West Potomac.
The Wolverines once again had no problems as they raced past host Warwick, 35-0 West Potomac, which lost its first two games by 7-0, has won 11 straight, outscoring the opposition 417-31 in that stretch and shutting out its three playoff foes.
END OF THE LINE: A week after taking apart T.C. Williams, 27-6, in the Virginia AAA Northern Region final, Annandale's dream season ended in a flurry of mistakes. The Atoms were outmanned by Hampton and succumbed, 30-8, in their state semifinal. Hampton goes for its eighth state title since 1975 when it plays host to Gar-Field on Saturday.
Like Annandale, Wootton's dream of a state title went up in big plays. Randallstown's Larry Washington rushed for 254 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns, including a 53-yarder, to lead the Rams to a 21-12 win and the Maryland 4A championship Saturday.
Wootton finished 12-1, the best record in the 20-year history of the school.
RAM ON THE RUN: McDonough Coach Larry Johnson got a big game from junior tailback Sherron Gudger in the Rams' 33-20 victory over C. Milton Wright in the Maryland 3A final. Behind excellent blocking, Gudger rushed for a season-high 293 yards on 18 carries and scored four times as McDonough won its third state title in seven years.
TABB'S TOO MUCH: Chancellor had problems stopping Tabb quarterback Wayne Hoskins -- who passed for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the first half -- and lost, 31-20, in its Virginia AA Region 4 semifinal Saturday.
AN EXTRA BURDEN: The Damascus players may have been emotionally drained when they lost to Wilde Lake, 13-7, in the Maryland 2A title game Friday: That morning, former teammate Andrew Haba, who was a freshman player at Shepherd College in West Virginia, was struck by a car and killed near the college.
He had planned to see the state final with two other former Damascus players, Tommy Dommel and Eric Wallich.