Yorktown senior wide receiver-defensive back Pat Godfrey caught three touchdown passes from junior John Creedon as the Patriots defeated Wakefield, 40-20, in a Virginia AAA National District game last night in Arlington.

With the victory, the Patriots (5-3, 4-0) moved closer to their first outright district title since 1976. Yorktown would clinch the district title--and an automatic berth in the state playoffs--if it beats Stuart and Washington-Lee in its final two games.

Godfrey, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound senior, finished with four receptions for 86 yards and also had two interceptions. He was not happy when Coach Bruce Hanson told the team before last night's game that the wet conditions would call for a tough, running-based offense.

"I was worried when Coach Hanson told us in the pregame speech we would be trying to run the ball a lot," Godfrey said. "But we completed the first couple passes and everything worked from there. John [Creedon] was setting up and throwing the ball well tonight, I thought it was his best game of the season."

Creedon was not named the starter until the fourth game of the season after incumbent John Oliphant broke his finger in a 53-6 victory over Falls Church. But last night Creedon completed 5 of 12 passes for 95 yards and three touchdowns. For the season, Godfrey has caught 27 passes for 534 yards and 13 touchdowns.

"What can I say," Creedon said after the game. "Pat is my man. I just threw the balls up there tonight and he kept coming down with them. We were all fired up for the game. In the pep rally in the gym during school today, I threw a pass to Godfrey and he caught it and then went up and dunked it [into the basketball hoop]."

However, Wakefield (3-5, 3-2) scored first last night on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Wayne Hogwood (5 of 11 for 96 yards, one touchdown) to Darius Harris early in the first quarter. But Yorktown scored the next 26 points, culminated by a 13-yard scoring pass from Creedon to Godfrey that gave the Patriots a 26-6 lead late in the second quarter.

Yorktown's other points in the spurt came on a one-yard touchdown run by Anthony Tigney, a 29-yard scoring pass from Creedon to Godfrey and a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown by Brad Schuyler.

Wakefield has not had a winning season since 1983, when it went 6-4. The Warriors have won one of the past 13 meetings with the Patriots--a 30-7 victory in 1995. They have not won at Yorktown since 1986.

Last night the Warriors played without senior Mike Makris, who likely will be out for the rest of the season after injuring his back and leg in a 45-28 loss to Edison last week. Makris was the team's starting wide receiver, defensive back, place kicker, punter, kick returner and punt returner.

Note: Hanson played for current University of South Carolina coach Lou Holtz at William & Mary in the 1970s.