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Interesting weekend football matchups on tap

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On tap this weekend are a number of interesting high-school football games involving teams in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas.

One contest is an all-Arlington, Liberty District clash between the Washington-Liberty Generals (1-3 1-0) and host Wakefield Warriors (0-4) in a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday, Sept. 23. Wakefield has defeated W-L the last five seasons, but will be trying to win for the first time this season.

“We are hoping we can score some points and get out of there with a win,” Washington-Liberty coach Josh Shapiro said.

Also in Arlington, the Yorktown Patriots (3-1) will try to win their fourth straight game when they host the perennial region power Westfield Bulldogs (3-1) in a Friday night, Sept. 23 non-district game at 7 p.m. If the Patriots are successful, the victory will give the team three straight triumphs over Concorde District teams.

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Last fall, Yorktown lost to those same three opponents in consecutive weeks.

“We’ve played Westfield a lot in recent years and I don’t think our players are fearful of them anymore,” Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said.

In Fairfax County, a non-district game between the host Madison Warhawks (0-3) and Langley Saxons (3-1) on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. is important for different reasons for each team.

Madison, the two-time defending 6D North Region champion, is trying to right its ship in the win column and earn its first victory this fall. The Warhawks’ three losses are by a combined seven points.  

The 0-3 start is Madison’s worst since the 2013 season.

For Langley, the contest is a big test in how it stacks up against a top opponent. Langley’s 3-1 start is its best since 2012.

“That will be a test for us,” Langley coach David Murray said. “Madison could easily by 3-0. They are still very good and a state contender, despite their record. They are certainly the best 0-3 team in the state.”

In a Saturday morning, Sept. 24 game at 11 a.m., the undefeated Potomac School Panthers (2-0) host the winless Bishop Ireton Cardinals (0-3). The Panthers hope to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2013, while the Cardinals badly want a win and to avenge last season’s home loss to Potomac School.

On Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. the host Marshall Statesmen (1-3) look to snap a two-game losing streak by defeating the Chantilly Chargers (2-1) in non-league action. Marshall lost by two and three points in its last two games.

Also on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. the winless McLean Highlanders (0-4) look for their first victory when they host the South Lakes Seahawks (1-2) in a non-district game.

The Flint Hill Huskies (0-2) also are looking for their first win this season, as they visit the Collegiate Cougars (2-1) on Friday, Sept. 23 at 4:30 p.m. in Richmond in a non-league game.

The Oakton Cougars (2-2) have a bye this weekend.

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