Paul VI Catholic put an end to a pair of inglorious streaks yesterday with its 14-11 victory at No. 10 Gonzaga in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinal. The Panthers earned their first trip to RFK Stadium for the WCAC championship (in which they will face No. 3 DeMatha) and scored their first points against the Eagles.
"This means so much for our program," said Paul VI Coach Wade Keel, whose team won its first playoff game in its 16-year history. "Playing in RFK is going to be tough, but win, lose or draw we earned our way there."
Paul VI's first WCAC playoff appearance was a quick one--the Panthers lost to DeMatha, 62-0, in last year's semifinal. DeMatha beat the Panthers, 43-0, in a regular season game Oct. 15.
Yesterday, the Panthers (8-3-1) earned another shot at the Stags as they rallied with a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Collin Hannigan with 2 minutes 14 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
DeMATHA 24, MCNAMARA 7: Junior tailback Anthony Riley rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns to lead the third-ranked Stags over the Mustangs in a WCAC semifinal at Parkdale.
The defending conference champion Stags (10-0-1) advanced to the title game next weekend against Paul VI. The Hyattsville school advanced to the WCAC championship game for the eighth time in nine seasons. McNamara finished 6-5.
PARK VIEW 37, LOUDOUN COUNTY 21: The Patriots used a dominating performance by their defense to turn back the visiting Raiders in a Virginia AA Region II Division 4 semifinal in Sterling.
Park View (11-0) built a 37-0 lead with 9:55 left in the game before the Loudoun County scored three late touchdowns against the reserve defense. Over the first three quarters of the game, Park View, which gave up only 46 points during the regular season, limited Loudoun County (7-4) to just 45 yards of total offense.
The Patriots, the Northwestern District champion, will host Charlottesville (9-2) in the region final Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
ST. STEPHEN'S/SA 48, BENEDICTINE-RICHMOND 28: In Alexandria, senior running back Sean Washington, the area's leading scorer, rushed for 360 yards and six touchdowns on 12 carries to lead the second-seeded Saints (7-3) into the Virginia Independent School Football Association title game.
Washington scored on runs of 54, 49, 7, 57, 79 and 10 yards to lead the school to its best record since 1986. The Saints will play Fork Union, 83-26 winners yesterday over Hargrave.
LANDON 24, ST. ALBANS 6: In Northwest D.C., senior quarterback Ted Lamade threw for two touchdowns and kicked a field goal to lead the Bears (7-2, 4-0) to their third Interstate Athletic Conference title in four years. Lamade completed 10 of 15 passes for 188 yards and had no interceptions. St. Albans finished 7-3, 2-2.
FORESTVILLE 48, PIKESVILLE 0: Senior RB Larry McClain made the most of his seven carries--scoring four for touchdowns and finishing with 196 yards--as the host Knights (10-2) rolled to a 1A playoff win and earned a date with Brunswick (9-2) in next week's semifinal.
Staff writer Camille Powell and special correspondent Jon Gallo contributed to this report.