Since the 2005 season – when H.D. Woodson started 0-5 – the Warriors have lost at least three of their first four games five times. And still, during that stretch Woodson never has finished a season at or below .500.

In fact, the Warriors won three straight D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association titles from 2008-10, a period during which they went a combined 3-9 in the first four contests of those campaigns.

So excuse Wilson Coach Mark Martin if he’s not overly thrilled at the prospect of his Tigers (2-3) hosting an 0-4 Woodson squad Friday night. He expects the Warriors to be tough as nails, per usual.

“They playing some good teams, so you really can’t measure them against some of the top teams in the country,” Martin said. “They could easily lose four or five games [to start a season], and as soon as the [conference] season starts, blow everybody out.”

Woodson has yet to play a home game this fall. The Warriors have faced talented squads in West Virginia (Martinsburg), Ohio (St. Edwards) and Pennsylvania (Glen Mills), not to mention No. 1 Good Counsel.

Despite Woodson’s record, Martin said players like Warriors junior cornerback/wide receiver D’Andre Payne make him hold plenty of respect for what they’ll offer his team Friday night.

Around the private schools

Defending MAC champion Potomac School (1-2) and runner-up Flint Hill (1-2) have just two wins combined this season, with each school beating winless John Paul the Great, but both schools have shown promise in their respective running games.

Flint Hill’s Connor Chess and Cameron Vaughn both ran for over 100 yards last week against John Paul the Great, which counted for Chess’s second 100-yard effort of the season. And Potomac School junior quarterback Kevin Havermann, who was inserted into the lineup midway through last season’s league title run, is becoming more and more of a multi-dimensional threat, leading the team in rushing and passing in last week’s 26-7 loss to St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes. Havermann recorded 62 yards rushing and threw for another score in the defeat…

After a bye week, Maret (3-0) returns to action this week against Riverdale Baptist, while Sidwell Friends (3-0) will also try to stay unbeaten against Hancock.

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