Suitland High remained at No. 6 in The Post's weekly rankings of the top football teams in the area. But the Rams, who will complete three games in the next eight days, already may have scored a victory by avoiding a loss.
The Post reported in Wednesday's editions that Suitland and McNamara had set Tuesday as the date to resume their game that was suspended by inclement weather last Saturday. McNamara, however, balked early yesterday at the rescheduling. Frank Crenetti, the school's athletic director, said his team--which led, 14-0, at the start of the fourth quarter--would not finish the game because the Mustangs "did not have the time" and did not want to risk having players get hurt.
But after an afternoon of negotiating between the two Prince George's County schools--which included a personal visit to McNamara from Suitland Athletic Director Bernarr Battle--the game will resume Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Suitland.
"The McNamara game is on," Suitland Coach Nick Lynch said. "We had hoped to finish it, and now we will get our chance. It did not look good, but Mr. Battle came through."
Suitland, which didn't move from last week's ranking pending the McNamara result, now faces a tough week. The Rams will play No. 13 High Point (1-0) on Friday, McNamara on Tuesday and then face Laurel (0-1) next Saturday. High Point defeated defending 3A state champion Friendly, 35-0, in its season opener last week.
The only other incomplete game from last weekend--Oxon Hill at H.D. Woodson--will be resumed Monday with 3 minutes 4 seconds remaining and Woodson ahead, 42-26. Dunbar and DeMatha decided not to resume their game, which was tied at 14-14 with three minutes remaining. The decision on that game was based mostly on a pregame agreement that stated overtime would not be played because the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference--of which DeMatha is a member--does not have overtime games.
Though Suitland's stretch of games is a tall order, it is not unprecedented. Gonzaga won four games in 13 days in 1997, including a 14-7 victory over DeMatha in the WCAC title game. That game marked the last time DeMatha failed to win a game before its tie with Dunbar.
Note: Landon dropped out of the top 20 because it does not open the season until Sept. 18.