Churchill ends Woodlawn's dream 4A football


POTOMAC -- Woodlawn wanted to make its first trip the state playoffs since 1983 a memorable one. Team boosters talked of a return to the glory days of the late '70s and early '80s, when the Warriors went to the state playoffs seven out of eight seasons.

But top-seeded and host Winston Churchill made that long-coveted trip a bad memory.

Steve Fotiu rushed for 95 yards on 11 carries and Naim Greene added 91 yards on eight to lead the Bulldogs to a 34-14 victory in a state Class 4A quarterfinal game. Chris Lyles led Woodlawn with 56 yards on 10 carries.

The Bulldogs (11-0) will meet the winner of today's Oxon Hill-Quince Orchard game in next week's state 4A semifinals.

"They were just at another level than the football we are used to," said first-year Woodlawn coach Brian Scriven. "We played with them for a quarter but they eventually wore us down."

The second quarter belonged to Churchill after Woodlawn (8-3) took a 14-6 first-quarter lead.

The Bulldogs took over at their 34 and engineered a nine-play, 66-yard drive, scoring on Fotiu's 9-yard run to cut the lead to 14-12. On its next possession, Churchill drove 52 yards, with with Greene scoring on a 15-yard run to give the Bulldogs a 20-14 lead with five minutes left in the half.

"We expected an 8-2 team, and we saw one tonight," Churchill coach Fred Shepherd said of Woodlawn. "They were very physical, but we wore them down."

Said Scriven: "You have to take advantage of the mistakes they give you. They made mistakes early and we got up, but we needed to take advantage of more of what they gave us. We didn't do that tonight."

However, Scriven said he was pleased with what he saw from his team.

"We went further than anyone expected this season. This school has a great football tradition, and I hope to improve on it in the future."

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