Three W.T. Woodson football players missed the second game of a two-game suspension last night against Fairfax for breaking unspecified team rules, Coach Mark Cox confirmed yesterday.

Cox declined to name the players or specify the nature of the infraction. However, he said the suspended players are "key."

The suspensions were handed down on Wednesday, the morning of the Cavaliers' 7-3 victory over Langley, Cox said.

W.T. Woodson (7-2, 6-0 AAA Liberty District) earned at least a share of the district title after defeating Fairfax, 9-0, on a muddy field at home.

W.T. Woodson's Joseph Martin gained 121 yards on 31 carries. Grant Hou's 25-yard field goal and Mike Solomon's one-yard touchdown provided the scoring for the Cavaliers.

With another win over Lee on Saturday -- the first game in which the suspended players will be eligible to return -- the Cavaliers could claim the school's first outright district title in 20 seasons.

"The players broke team rules, and they have been dealt with," Cox said.

"I'd rather not say if they are starters, but we certainly miss them when they are not playing." . . . Mark Beach had 107 yards on 14 carries including a 46-yard touchdown run asEdison (7-1, 5-1) defeated Wakefield, 34-0, in an AAA National game last night at home.

Fulton Resigns

Robinson boys' basketball coach Doug Fulton resigned for personal reasons last Thursday, less than a week before the start of practice for the upcoming season, Athletic Director Paul Jansen said.

Fulton, whose resignation was first reported in yesterday's editions of the Northern Virginia Journal, coached the Rams for three seasons and directed them to a 6-18 mark last year.

Fulton has been replaced by Thad Cobb, who served as the Rams' top assistant the past two seasons.

"It was a surprise," Jansen said. "But when you've been an AD long enough, you know to expect that people will want to make a change for a lot of different reasons."

Staff writer Tarik El-Bashir contributed to this report.