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NEWS & NOTES

A Scare at Woodson: Mahler Hospitalized

W.T. Woodson senior wide receiver/defensive back Patrick Mahler was in stable condition last night at Inova Fairfax Hospital after suffering a neck injury in the second quarter of the Cavaliers game against McLean.

Mahler appeared to get hurt when he was kneed in the head while attempting to block an extra point with 8 minutes 44 seconds left in the second quarter. He lay motionless on the Woodson turf for more than 30 minutes as school medical personnel, family and teammates gathered around him before an ambulance was brought on the field.

Woodson Coach Mark Cox said Mahler was able to move his legs last night.

"We think he's going to be all right. He's being kept overnight for observation," Cox said last night.

Woodson team physician Jeff Berg said that Mahler was alert and able to move his legs while he was on the field awaiting the ambulance. Berg said it appeared Mahler jammed his neck on the play.

Woodson boys lacrosse Coach John Fitzgerald was among those gathered around Mahler. Fitzgerald said that Mahler was responsive, and even cracked a joke to his mother about an algebra exam he took earlier in the day.

-- Nick Pietruszkiewicz

Dunbar Revival

When Dunbar quarterback Josh Cribbs limped off the field after suffering a hairline fracture in his right ankle two weeks ago against Eastern, Coach Craig Jefferies hoped the Crimson Tide's chances to win a second consecutive DCIAA title didn't leave with him.

That was Sept. 24, and in the two games with Michael Coles under center, Dunbar has outsocred its opponents by a combined 122-22, including yesterday's 66-16 win over Coolidge.

Coles has completed 15 of 25 passes the past two weeks for 296 yards and six touchdowns and an interception. Coles has also rushed for another score for Dunbar (4-2-1), which travels next Friday to Zanesville (Ohio).

While Jefferies said Cribbs might be ready by the last two games of the season, he has been satisfied with the job Coles has done in his place. He hedged, however, when asked if there was any chance Cribbs might lose his job.

"Michael's done a great, he's come in here and gotten the job done, and there's nothing more to say," Jefferies said.

-- Jon Gallo

WORTH QUOTING

"Coach [John] Harvill always tells us to go out and try to score on the first play. That's what I did tonight."

-- Jay Colbert, Gaithersburg running back, whose 72-yard touchdown run made it three consecutive games that the Trojans have scored on their first offensive play of the game. Fourth-ranked Gaithersburg went on to beat Churchill, 31-12.

BY THE NUMBERS

19

Tackles by La Plata junior

linebacker Titus Green. He added an interception but his team fell, 24-18, to Westlake.

20

Yards per carry by Northwest's Raymond Custis, who rushed for 240 yards and three

touchdowns on 12 carries in

the Jaguars' 42-0 victory over Rockville in Germantown.

50

Percentage of Wilson QB Avery Bowden's passes to go for touchdowns. Six of the senior's 12 passes resulted in scores and he finished 9 of 12 for 162 yards in a 47-0 win over Cardozo.