Carroll's football team improved to 3-1 last week after defeating Friendship Edison, 24-20. The Lions, who are led by senior running back Mike Thomas (570 yards, eight touchdowns), had won only three games the previous two years combined. Carroll is 3-1 for the first time since the 2001 season, when the Lions finished 3-7. . . .

Richard Montgomery is 1-3, but Montgomery County coaches will tell you the Rockets are much better than their record indicates. The Rockets have lost to second-ranked Damascus, fourth-ranked Northwest and Sherwood, teams with a combined record of 11-1.

Richard Montgomery's final six games offer some respite, but not much. Three of the teams left on the Rockets' schedule are 2-2, including tonight's opponent, Springbrook, and they still have to play Blake (3-1) and Whitman (4-0). . . .

Potomac (Md.) quarterback James Nickens has done a nice job replacing second-team All-Met Harold Dorman, throwing eight touchdown passes and one interception and averaging 20.1 yards per completion in the Wolverines' 4-0 start. . . .

Lackey's All-Met running back Morgan Green has rushed for 344 yards and five touchdowns since aggravating a hamstring injury three weeks ago. . . .

Bill Johnson was academically ineligible to play for Arundel for the first three games, but he came back last weekend without missing a beat. Johnson returned a kickoff for a touchdown and made four catches for 82 yards in a 35-32 win over Annapolis. "This team needs me," Johnson said. "It's my time to help us get some wins." . . .

Rappahannock County will host the first varsity football game in the school's 45-year history when the Panthers play Moorefield (W.Va.) at 2 p.m. Saturday. Rappahannock (1-3) had no football until fielding a freshman team two years ago and a junior varsity squad last year.

Lackey's All-Met running back Morgan Green has rushed for 344 yards and five touchdowns since aggravating a hamstring injury three weeks ago.