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Thomas Stone Gets

Emotional in Win

Thomas Stone dedicated its 1999 Southern Maryland Athletic Conference championship, which it won with a 20-14 win over four-time defending champion Westlake, to freshman Anderson Brock, 13, who died Friday morning of injuries suffered after being hit by a car on Wednesday evening on his way home from freshman football practice.

The team, which came together in the end zone after the game to celebrate the win, first took a minute to honor their fallen classmate.

"We did this for Brock," said senior defensive end Marcus Warr as he stepped into the middle of the circle with players pointing to the sky in a salute many Cougars did throughout the game.

"It was an emotional game for our players," said Thomas Stone Coach Richard Callahan, who said the team will place Brock's jersey number on their helmets for their run in the Maryland 3A playoffs. "Part of our family is gone."

-- Angie Watts

McLean-Langley

Gets Personal

In addition to neighborhood bragging rights, Langley and McLean were playing for the rights to something they could hold in their hands -- the Rotary Club Cup, an award given to the winners by the local Rotary Club. The silver cup is small, but it is a big deal to everyone involved.

In the days leading up to the once-a-year meeting between Langley and McLean, which are separated by less than two miles in Fairfax County, the schools' football coaches, team captains, athletic directors and principals are invited to the Rotary Club for a luncheon in their honor.

The rivalry, however, is usually a friendly one. But it sometimes gets out of hand. Last week, vandals spray-painted the letters "L.H.S." -- presumably, for Langley High School -- on several walls of the McLean High School building. And just to make it personal, they also desecrated the boulder rock that sits in front of the McLean gymnasium. For many McLean students, the boulder is a symbol of school pride.

-- Tarik El-Bashir

WORTH QUOTING

"It was probably not the sound thing to do."

-- Mount Vernon Coach Marty Riddle on his decision to go for the two-point conversion in overtime that lifted the Majors to a 22-21 victory over Edison.

"It's a healthy

rivalry, and it's nice that they still have that trophy to play for, even though we haven't touched it in a few years."

-- Woodbridge Coach Ron Davis, after losing to Prince William County rival Gar-Field, 35-20. The teams play each year for the Herb J. Saunders memorial trophy, named in honor of Gar-Field's first

principal. The Indians have won the trophy three straight seasons.

BY THE NUMBERS

23

The number of touchdowns Seneca Valley All-Met quarterback Chris Kelley has thrown for after tossing three last night to break his school record of 20 in a season, which he set last year.

52

Yards junior Greg Kuehn kicked game-winning field goal with 59 seconds remaining in Potomac Falls' 24-21 victory over Liberty. The kick was a record for the third-year school in Sterling and gave Potomac Falls its second consecutive

6-4 record.