Celebrated Games Between Area Public and Private Programs
* Landon 22, Whitman 0 -- Sept. 16, 1994
The first meeting between these schools, separated by a half-mile on Whittier Boulevard in Bethesda, also served as the debut of Whitman's new stadium. The Vikings had played 23 straight road games while the stadium was constructed, and drew about 2,000 fans to a disappointing home opener.
* Gar-Field 7, DeMatha 6 -- Sept. 30, 1994
In two consecutive seasons, DeMatha came to Dale City highly ranked and went home with a loss. In 1993, Gar-Field knocked off the top-ranked Stags 14-3; this time the Indians were ranked eighth and beat the area's No. 2 team. Montrese Ham ran for 99 yards for Gar-Field; DeMatha missed an extra point attempt and a 47-yard field goal with 52 seconds left.
* Anacostia 22, Gonzaga 14 -- Aug. 31, 1996
A matchup between legendary coaches: Anacostia's Willie Stewart and Gonzaga's Maus Collins. Anacostia had won the Turkey Bowl in 1995 and went on to make the D.C. title game again in 1996. Gonzaga bounced back from this loss (and a loss to St. Joseph's of Pennsylvania the next week) to win the1996 and 1997 WCAC championships.
* Seneca Valley 21, Georgetown Prep 20 --
Sept. 25, 1998
Seneca Valley won 41 consecutive games between 1997 and 2000, but the streak almost ended here at 16. Prep's two-point conversion pass attempt in the second overtime tipped off an open receiver's hand and fell incomplete, allowing the top-ranked Screaming Eagles (led by QB Chris Kelley) to win the first meeting between the teams.
* DeMatha 14, Dunbar 14 -- Sept. 4, 1999
A highly anticipated matchup with an anticlimactic ending -- No. 2 DeMatha and No. 7 Dunbar had to settle for a tie when the game was called due to lightning with 2 minutes 59 seconds remaining. DeMatha had won its previous 12 games; Dunbar its previous 10 games.
* Fairfax 17, Paul VI Catholic 14 --
Oct. 29, 1999
Like Landon-Whitman, this game pitted neighboring schools against each other for the first time. Brandon Royster -- the older brother of current Westfield standout Evan Royster -- ran for 161 yards, and Fairfax went on to an undefeated regular season. The Rebels' Route 50 opponent claimed the WCAC title at the end of the year.
* Urbana 12, Gilman 7 -- Sept. 7, 2001
The Billy Gaines-led Hawks extended their winning streak to 39 games, holding the perennial Baltimore powerhouse to 35 rushing yards (minus-one in the first half). Urbana's streak reached a Maryland-record 50 games before it was snapped -- by Gilman in 2002.