There was something a little different that occurred at the Potomac School in McLean on Saturday, March 27.
Instead of an actual high-school football game between two varsity opponents, an intersquad contest among Potomac School players took place. There was the Blue team and the winning White squad, with a 26-0 victory.
It was fun to watch.
What originally was supposed to happen at the time and place was a showdown between the rival Flint Hill Huskies and host Potomac School Panthers. That game was canceled when Flint Hill had COVID issues.
In its place, instead, Potomac School coaches and athletic administrators quickly decided to hold a 40-minute intersquad game. All the scoring came in the second half.
The event was not a scrimmage, when coaches are traditionally on the field with the players. They were on the sidelines, switching sides during breaks in the action.
The clash of Panthers had the ingredients of a real lively hard-tackling genuine contest, with a working scoreboard and paid whistle-blowing officials. Those officials threw penalty flags, there was a halftime, more joking than usual by all, not as much typical trash talking heard, and the Potomac School training staff was on hand, and not very busy.
It was kind of different, but still very much high-school football and enjoyable.
– Dave Facinoli