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Sports Notebook: Football on grass?

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Question: When was the last time a high-school football game in Arlington and Fairfax counties between public-school teams was played on grass?

It has been a while, since every high-school field in those jurisdictions is now of artificial turf. Thomas Jefferson was the last school to get a turf field when it was renovated a few years ago. So that was probably the last time a public-school football game in these parts was played on grass.

Adding the local private schools into the mix, Paul VI Catholic in Fairfax was the last high-school football team to host a game on grass, in Fairfax County, that being in the 2019. That campus has since moved to Ashburn, where Paul VI now plays on a fake field like all the other schools.

Another question: Will there ever be another local high-school football game in these areas played on grass, since none of the schools – public or private – have real surfaces anymore? The answer is likely not.

So many other non-high school football fields also are artificial surface now, so even youth-league football players are growing up having never played a game on real grass.

That’s too bad, because there is nothing quite like the thrill of the grass. But that’s the way things are now.

Football played on natural grass at the area youth and high-school levels is unfortunately a thing of the past.

– Dave Facinoli

dfacinoli@sungazette.net

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