One of the biggest high-school sporting events in Arlington of any year is the annual varsity football showdown between the Washington-Liberty Generals and Yorktown Patriots.
For decades, the county rivals have met in the final regular-season game on a Friday night, drawing big and lively crowds. Each side usually has a large and active student section.
The games are competitive, with Yorktown having won the past three years. Sometimes bragging rights are on the line to determine which public-school team will become the unofficial county champion in football for that season.
The teams again will meet in this weird, delayed and shortened season, which began in February instead of August because of the pandemic. But this year, the contest is on Saturday afternoon, March 13 at 4 p.m. at W-L, instead of the usual Friday night.
Plus, because of COVID-based spectator limitations, another difference is there won’t be any student section on hand this year. Last season the rival sections charged the field after Yorktown won at W-L and nearly clashed.
The game is in week three of a six-week campaign, not the final regular-season showdown. Also, no real county champion can be determined in 2021 because Arlington’s Wakefield and Yorktown won’t play.
Wakefield defeated W-L in week one. So if W-L defeats Yorktown, then a case could be made that Wakefield will be the county champs, however slight.
The teams bring 0-2 records into the contest, each with offenses that have struggled to run the ball, or even move the ball in the case of Yorktown.
No matter of the changes and differences, the contest has the potential to be close and competitive.
We’ll see what happens.
– Dave Facinoli