Suitland and McNamara will pick up on Sept. 14 where they left off Saturday, when lightning forced the suspension of their football game after three quarters.

The rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations dictate that suspended games be rescheduled as soon as possible and at the point in which play was called, said Owen Johnson, supervisor of athletics for the Prince George's County Public Schools.

The Suitland-McNamara game was one of five area games halted because of lightning. It is crucial for sixth-ranked Suitland, which was trailing McNamara, 14-0, at home when the lightning came, that the contest resume because of the impact it could have on the Rams' playoff chances. Postseason berths for Maryland public schools are determined by a power-points system based on victories. Oxon Hill faced a similar predicament in its game against H.D. Woodson, which also was called with three minutes remaining because of inclement weather. Johnson said officials from Woodson and Oxon Hill were still settling on a date to resume play.

Woodson and McNamara play in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, respectively, where teams garner playoff spots based on won-lost records in league play. The Severn-Mount St. Joe's contest, which also was suspended Saturday, was completed yesterday. Severn won, 28-14.

The Post's top 20 football rankings will run in Thursday's editions, and will take into account games postponed because of weather.