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High-school football season to kick off Monday

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It all seems very weird, but the high-school football season for varsity public-school teams in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas is set to begin with a few Monday-night contests on Feb. 22. After that, games will take place on Friday nights and Saturdays.

The 2020-21 football season was postponed from the fall until a February start because of the pandemic. The shortened regular season will consist of just six scheduled games, instead of the usual 10. Final regular-season games are slated for April 1 and 2, and maybe followed by some form of playoffs.

“It’s all very strange and is weird getting used to, but we are going to play,” Yorktown High School coach Bruce Hanson said.

Added Washington-Liberty High coach Josh Shapiro: “I really want to have a season, and it’s going to happen.”

On Feb. 22, Yorktown opens at Mount Vernon at 7 p.m. and Wakefield hosts Washington-Liberty at 7. Yorktown hosts W-L on March 12 in another all-Arlington clash.

Two Fairfax County teams in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas open with Feb. 22 kickoffs. The Oakton Cougars play at the Fairfax High Lions that evening at 7 p.m. and the Madison Warhawks are on the road against Falls Church at the same time.

Normally, Langley and McLean meet in the final regular-season games as do Yorktown and Washington-Liberty, and Madison and Marshall play in the opener. That’s not the case now.

Friday games begin at 7 p.m., with the weather expected to be much colder than during the fall season.
“If there is snow on the field, we’ll figure a way to move it off or just play anyhow,” Shapiro said.
The full schedules of teams in the Sun Gazette coverage areas follow.

Wakefield: Monday, Feb. 22 vs. Washington-Liberty, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 27 at Edison, 1; Friday, March 5 at Marshall, 7; Friday, March 19 at Lewis, 7; Friday, March 26 vs. Justice, 7; Friday, April 2 vs. Falls Church, 7.

Washington-Liberty: Monday, Feb. 22 at Wakefield, 7 p.m.; Friday, March 5 vs. McLean, 7; Friday, March 12, at Yorktown, 7; Friday, March 19 vs. Langley, 7; Friday, March 26 at South Lakes, 7; Thursday, April 1 vs. Herndon, 7.

Yorktown: Monday, Feb. 22 at Mount Vernon, 7 p.m.; Friday, March 5 at South Lakes, 5; Friday, March 12 vs. Washington-Liberty, 7; Friday, March 19 at Herndon, 7; Friday, March 26 vs. Langley, 7; Thursday, April 1 vs. McLean, 7.

Langley: Saturday, Feb. 27 at Oakton, 7 p.m.; Friday, March 5 vs. Herndon, 7; Friday, March 12 vs. McLean, 7; Friday, March 19 at Washington-Liberty, 7; Friday, March 26 at Yorktown 7; Thursday, April 1 vs. South Lakes, 7.

Madison: Monday, Feb. 22 at Falls Church, 7 p.m.; Friday, March 5 at Oakton, 7; Friday, March 12 vs. Westfield, 7; Friday, March 19 vs. Marshall, 7; Friday, March 26 at Chantilly 7; Thursday, April 1 vs. Centreville, 7.

Marshall: Saturday, Feb. 27 vs. Falls Church, 1 p.m.; Friday, March 5 vs. Wakefield, 7; Friday, March 12 at Lewis, 7; Friday, March 19 at Madison 7; Friday, March 26 at Edison 7; Thursday, April 1 vs. Justice, 7.

McLean: Saturday, Feb. 27 vs. Mount Vernon, 1 p.m.; Friday, March 5 vs. Washington-Liberty, 7; Friday, March 12 at Langley, 7; Friday, March 19 vs. South Lakes, 7; Friday, March 26 vs. Herndon, 7; Thursday, April 1 at Yorktown, 7.

Oakton: Monday, Feb. 22 at Fairfax, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 27 vs. Langley, 7; Friday, March 5 vs. Madison, 7; Friday, March 12 at Centreville, 7; Friday, March 19 vs. Chantilly, 7; Friday, March 26 at Westfield, 7.

PHOTO: James Madison High School senior wide receiver/running back Colin Tuft is expected to be one of the team’s returning top players this unusual football season, which kicks off next week. (2019 file photo by Deb Kolt)

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