H.D. Woodson's new football coach, Greg Fuller, and McNamara's new coach, Bernard Joseph, were closing in on their first career victories Saturday, but woke up yesterday morning not knowing whether their teams had won or lost.

The Woodson-Oxon Hill and No. 6 Suitland-McNamara games were among five games in the Washington area that were suspended -- most in the fourth quarter -- because of lightning. A decision on whether the games will be resumed is expected on Tuesday.

The Post's top 20 rankings will run in Thursday's editions after decisions have been made concerning the outcome of those games.

Suitland's and Oxon Hill's playoff chances could be hurt if the games are not completed. Maryland public schools make the playoffs based on "power points," whereby they are awarded points for their victories. D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association member H.D. Woodson and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference member McNamara are in leagues where the playoffs are determined by won-loss records within league play.

"Bernard Joseph was very understanding of our situation with the power points, and we are trying to set a tentative date on when we could finish it," said Suitland Coach Nick Lynch, whose team was trailing, 14-0, when the game was suspended at the start of the fourth quarter.

One game that will not be resumed is between No. 2 DeMatha and No. 7 Dunbar. That game was tied at 14-14 with 2 minutes 59 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, but the teams agreed during a second interruption of play to call it a tie.