No. 1 Wise scraped by Eleanor Roosevelt 21-14 on Friday, after Raiders quarterback Jaden's Faulkner's final pass floated out of the back of the end zone as time expired. For the first time this season, the Pumas looked vulnerable against another public school.
Off Military Rd. on Saturday afternoon, St. John's soundly defeated DeMatha 38-22. After three straight defeats, the Stags drop to No. 15.
Friday night in Leesburg, Stone Bridge won its closest game of the season, 14-13 over Tuscarora, who drops off the bubble with the loss. It's a tough break for the Huskies, but there are a handful of undefeated teams still waiting for a spot in the top 20. In Clifton, Westfield beat rival Centreville, 27-11, behind a big night from sophomore quarterback Noah Kim.
The unbeaten Howard Lions join the bubble, as does Eleanor Roosevelt, which has lost to both C.H. Flowers and Wise by seven.
1. Wise (8-0) LR: 1
Senior A.J. Lytton caught a 52-yard touchdown pass on 3rd and 12 with 1:12 left before the Pumas defense kept Eleanor Roosevelt out of the end zone for a tense 21-14 win on Friday night.
Next: Saturday at Potomac, 2 p.m.
2. Gonzaga (7-1) LR: 2
The top seed in the WCAC playoffs is within Gonzaga's grasp. All the Eagles have to do is close the season out with wins against Good Counsel and St. John's.
Next: Friday at Good Counsel, 7 p.m.
3. Damascus (8-0) LR: 3
Nine different players rushed four times or fewer, and John Allan Furgeson completed nine of 12 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-7 win at Walter Johnson.
Next: Friday at Seneca Valley, 6:30 p.m.
4. St. John's (5-2) LR: 4
St. John's senior quarterback completed 22 of 33 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns as the Cadets beat DeMatha 38-22.
Next: Saturday at Carroll, 2:30 p.m.
5. Stone Bridge (8-0) LR: 5
Junior Nick Mell ran for the game-winning touchdown toward the end of the third quarter as the Bulldogs topped Tuscarora 14-13 in their closest game of the season.
Next: Friday at Freedom-South Riding, 7 p.m.
6. Westfield (8-0) LW: 6
The Bulldogs scored 20 points in the third quarter to pull away from neighborhood rival Centreville and extend their winning streak to 17 games in a 27-11 win.
Next: Friday at West Potomac, 7 p.m.
7. Good Counsel (6-2) LW: 8
The Falcons allowed 26 yards as five different players scored a touchdown in a 42-7 win over Carroll.
Next: Friday vs. Gonzaga, 7 p.m.
8. North Point (8-0) LR: 10
Chelen Garnes returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown near the end of the first quarter of a 62-3 win over Leonardtown.
Next: Friday at Northern, 7
9. C.H. Flowers (8-0) LR: 11
5-foot-7, 140-pound quarterback Julius Duvall led the Jaguars to a 32-14 win over Suitland.
Next: Saturday at Douglass
10. Madison (6-2) LW: 12
The Warhawks' two losses have come against the only Virginia public schools ahead of them in the rankings: Stone Bridge and Westfield.
Next: Friday vs. Oakton, 7 p.m.
11. Freedom-Woodbridge (8-0) LW: 15
In the "Route 1 Rumble," the Eagles beat Potomac 56-14 to move to 8-0 for the first time in school history.
Next: Friday vs. Garfield, 7 p.m.
12. Centreville (6-2) LW: 7
With a 27-11 loss on Friday night, the Wildcats dropped their fourth straight game against rival Westfield.
Next: Friday at Chantilly, 7 p.m.
13. South Lakes (7-1) LW: 13
Next: Friday at Yorktown, 7 p.m.
14. Spalding (4-3) LW: 9
The Cavaliers took an early lead before surrendering six unanswered touchdowns in a 42-7 loss to St. Frances, which is ranked No. 1 by the Baltimore Sun.
Next: Saturday at Gilman, 7 p.m.
15. DeMatha (4-4) LR: 14
After losing their third WCAC game in a row, this time a 38-22 loss at St. John's on Saturday afternoon, the Stags need to win out to ensure a playoff spot.
Next: Saturday at McNamara, 7 p.m.
16. Friendship Collegiate (4-3) LR: 16
Fort Hill, who has won four straight Maryland 1A state championships, had not lost in over two years before Saturday's 24-6 loss at Friendship Collegiate
Next: Saturday Nov. 11 at Silver Oak Academy, 1
17. H.D. Woodson (6-2) LW: 17
Syracuse commit Ed Hendrix caught two passes for 46 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of a 39-0 win over Dunbar.
Next: Friday at Anacostia, 6 p.m.
18. Quince Orchard (7-1) LW: 19
Junior Tre Wade and sophomore Marquez Cooper combined to rush 22 times for 239 yards and four touchdowns in 43-13 win over Wheaton.
Next: vs. Northwest, 6:30 p.m.
19. Broad Run (8-0) LW: 20
Sophomore quarterback Mitch Griffis completed a pass to seven different receivers as the Spartans rolled Freedom-South Riding, 49-19.
Next: Friday vs. Briar Woods, 7 p.m.
20. Northern (8-0) LW: NR
The Patriots beat McDonough 42-7 to stay undefeated before next week's showdown with SMAC rival North Point.
Next: Friday vs. North Point, 7
Dropped out: No. 18 Bullis (7-1)