INDIAN UPRISING: Gar-Field, which had won only 11 games over the last four years -- including a 2-8 season in 1989 -- completed four weeks' worth of close victories with a 13-12 upset of Hampton to win the Virginia AAA Division 6 state football championship Saturday. Despite finishing third in the Commonwealth District, Gar-Field (12-2) qualified for the Northwest Region playoffs by winning its final four regular season games, including 30-0 over rival Woodbridge in the finale. Latroy Askew scored all four touchdowns.
Gar-Field faced the Vikings again the following week and Askew scored three times in a 21-20 win. Gar-Field then avenged a 13-6 overtime loss to Fauquier as Askew dashed 95 yards for the winning score in a 14-7 win. Askew was the hero the next week, scoring on a fourth-quarter run and on an interception return in a 20-13 win over Highland Springs.
In the final, on Hampton's home field, Askew responded with two touchdown runs in the third period and Gar-Field's defense held off the Crabbers, winners of 13 state crowns. BEST OF POTOMACS: Defending Virginia AAA Division 6 champion West Potomac, which opened the season with 7-0 losses to Gar-Field and T.C. Williams, outscored its final 12 opponents, by a combined 432-45.
Having been reclassified to Division 5, West Potomac brushed aside its playoff foes, Edison (47-0), Hayfield (21-0) and Warwick (35-0), to earn a date with then-top-ranked and unbeaten Potomac for the state title. West Potomac surrendered more points than it had in any game all year but completed its mission with a 15-14 triumph.CHAMPIONS ALL: Hats off to all of the area champions: Eastern won the Interhigh East Division and the league championship, Wilson won the West; McNamara won the Metro Conference; Georgetown Prep captured the IAC; and Maret took the Tri-State.
In Maryland, Springbrook won the Montgomery Division I, Wootton Division II and Kennedy Division III. Oxon Hill won Prince George's 4A and Douglass won 3A/2A. Severna Park won Anne Arundel 4A and South River won 3A/2A. Northern won SMAC and Wilde Lake won Howard County.
In Virginia AAA, West Potomac won the Gunston District; Herndon and Madison tied for the Great Falls District; T.C. Williams won the Northern; Annandale won the Potomac; and Potomac took the Commonwealth. In AA, Chancellor won the Battlefield and Broad Run and Loudoun Valley tied for the Northwestern. In A, Strasburg and Manassas Park tied for the Bull Run District title. WHO IS NUMBER ONE? Several area teams probably could make a case to be No. 1, but after much soul searching the braintrust has decided to put Virginia AAA Division 6 state champion Gar-Field (12-2) in that position. The Indians lost to Potomac, 12-7, and Fauquier, 13-6 -- and later beat Fauquier -- but defeated Hampton in the state final and posted a 7-0 regular season victory over West Potomac.
No. 2 West Potomac (12-2) lost its first two games -- to T.C. Williams and Gar-Field -- before winning 12 straight.
Potomac (13-1), whose only loss was to West Potomac in the final, finishes third. McNamara (9-1), with its lone loss to Gar-Field, 31-13, is fourth. Wootton (12-1), a 21-12 loser to Randallstown in the Maryland Class 4A final, is fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 are 11-1 Springbrook (20-7 loser to Wootton); 9-1 DeMatha (7-3 loser to McNamara); 11-1 Oxon Hill, (21-7 loser to Randallstown); 11-2 Annandale (lost to T.C. Williams, 28-14, and Hampton, 30-8) and 12-1 Maryland 3A champion McDonough (39-0 loser to Northern).