Fourth-ranked Northwest never trailed but had to hang on to defeat No. 2 Damascus, 27-24, last night in Germantown. It was Northwest's first victory over the defending Maryland 4A champion Damascus in school history.

"It feels too good, too good," said Northwest senior quarterback Ike Whitaker, whose team improved to 5-0.

Whitaker ran for a score and completed 7 of 16 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown to classmate Andrew Thomas, and versatile senior Salim Koroma returned the game's opening kickoff 96 yards for a score and compiled 219 all-purpose yards.

The Northwest defense, meantime, held Damascus All-Met running back Matt Reidy relatively in check (30 carries, 119 yards).

Damascus fell to 4-1.

A Rush to 300

Four area running backs eclipsed 300 rushing yards last night, led by Ryan Callahan of Old Mill, who ran for 341 yards to give him more than 1,100 yards in five games this season.

Other than a late fumble in Old Mill's 30-28 win over Severna Park, Callahan's night was spotless: 27 rushes for three rushing touchdowns and a 55-yard punt return for another score. The 5-foot-8 junior has rushed for 150 yards or more in each game this season, helping his team build a 5-0 record.

"He's unbelievable," Old Mill Coach Mike Marcus said of Callahan. "Our line opened things up, and he's just so fast that nobody can catch him.

Justin Carter rushed for a school-record 313 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries to lead visiting Watkins Mill past Walter Johnson last night, 20-14. The win snapped the Wolverines' 14-game losing streak, a slide that dated from the final game of the 2002 season.

Maryland School for the Deaf's Martise Colston gained 312 yards on 13 carries in a 74-0 victory over Turkeyfoot (Pa.).

Theodore Roosevelt junior Charles Wallace had 305 yards and six touchdowns on 31 attempts as the Rough riders topped Eastern, 54-0. Wallace, who began playing football last year as a linebacker, had 539 yards rushing going into last night's game, with his best outing coming against Glen Mills (Pa.) -- 139 yards.

Three Northern Virginia backs almost got to 300, as well. Woodridge senior Andre Bratton ran 18 times for 258 yards in a 38-14 victory over Forest Park, W.T. Woodson senior Matt Nickerson rushed for a career-high 243 yards on 19 carries in a 42-8 win over Chantilly, and senior Trevor Bacon rushed for a career-high 265 yards to lead Langley to its first victory of the year, 44-0 over Marshall.

-- Jake Schaller, Eli Saslow, Andrew Levine and Liam Dillon