Around the area in high school football:


Feeling Festive

In Fairfax

Everybody loves a parade -- except the Fairfax County Police.

Officers last night halted a plan in which Paul VI Catholic supporters were supposed to caravan the 2.2 miles in parade-like fashion from their school to Fairfax High before the game, billed as the unofficial Fairfax County championship game.

But Fairfax police, concerned about traffic problems along Route 50 at rush hour, canceled the plans.

There were other festivities before and during the game, the first ever between the two neighboring schools. A passing contest was held at halftime, with one faculty member from each school competing along with one student drawn at random. It was won by Fairfax girls basketball coach Alice Pennix, whose throw of 27 yards was the longest (accuracy was not part of the contest).

"There has been a lot of hype for this game," Fairfax Athletic Director Pat Lang said. People at the Fairfax box office estimated over 2,000 tickets had been sold. The parking lot was so full that some cars were forced to park almost a mile from the field.

Perhaps they should have parked at Paul VI and walked.

-- Seth Emerson

Randall Spins

A Broken Record

North County senior wide receiver Nat Randall set a Maryland receiving record for receptions with 22 catches for 188 yards in last night's 41-24 loss to No. 5 Annapolis.

North County junior quarterback Mike Pfisterer completed 38 of 58 passes for 378 yards.


"We tried not to get wrapped in the

hype and think of it as just another game. But in the back of our minds, we knew this was

about representing Fairfax."

-- Fairfax senior RB Brandon Royster on last night's 17-14 win over Paul VI. Royster finished with 17 carries and 167 rushing yards.



Touchdowns scored by Eastern senior RB Lawrence Wade in the Ramblers' 55-0 homecoming win over Spingarn. Wade carried 25 times for 270 yards.


Carries required for Annapolis senior RB Rayvon Johnson to surpass 100 yards rushing in the first half at North County. He had 214 yards and four touchdowns in the first half and finished with 336 yards and five TDs as the No. 5 Eagles won, 41-24.


Elapsed time in the first quarter required for Langley to run up 21 points on only nine plays en route to a 35-0 win over Lee.


Yards rushing by Centreville senior RB Mike Williams in only six games after missing three with an injured knee. He rushed for 177 yards on 17 carries and four touchdowns in a 52-0 win over Jefferson last night.