DeMatha scored a touchdown on the opening kickoff for the second consecutive season on Saturday. The Stags scored when Leonard Wright recovered an H.D. Woodson fumble on the kickoff; Derrick McPhearson opened last fall's campaign with a 97-yard return against Fork Union. . . .
All five Charles County teams (La Plata, Lackey, McDonough, Thomas Stone and Westlake) won Friday night, the first time the county has gone 5-0 in a weekend at least since 2000. Westlake Coach Dom Zaccarelli, whose Charles County coaching career dates from 1985, said he can't recall a similar week since the 1980s, well before Westlake opened. . . .
Gaithersburg's 14-13 season-opening loss to Churchill on Friday was not without precedent. The Trojans dropped one-point games to Magruder in both their 2001 and 2002 openers. Gaithersburg went on to reach the state semifinals in both seasons. . . .
With Saturday's 41-0 victory over Reservoir, Long Reach has shut out five consecutive opponents -- two shy of the Maryland record shared by four teams, including Seneca Valley (1977). Eleanor Roosevelt had six straight last year. Long Reach's next three opponents are Wilde Lake, Atholton and Hammond.
-- Josh Barr, Jon Gallo,
and Jake Schaller