St. Stephen's/St. Agnes not only snapped a five-game losing streak against Bullis with its 25-6 victory on Friday, but the Saints have put themselves in their strongest position to vie for the Interstate Athletic Conference title since winning it in 1989.

St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (4-2, 1-0) notched the victory behind a much-improved defense that has yielded 13 points its past two games and held the Bulldogs (5-1, 1-1) to their lowest offensive output this season. Bullis, which had defeated the Saints by an average of 17 points in their past five meetings, is averaging close to 30 points per game.

The Saints rattled the Bulldogs' offense behind senior outside linebacker Joe Trunzo (two sacks), defensive back Andre Hunter (two interceptions), defensive end Ian Davidson and middle linebacker Matt Wasilewski. Senior running back Mycal Rolland rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

"This is a first step that gives the kids confidence," said Saints Coach Gary Schnell, whose team faces defending champion Landon (5-1, 1-0) on Saturday. "We went in knowing that if we were playing our assignments, we've got a chance."

-- Judith Evans