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Sports Notebook: Necessary rivalries

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One of the biggest high-school football rivalries in Northern Virginia is not being played this season, and that’s wrong. The Lake Braddock Bruins will not face the West Springfield Spartans.

The Bruins and Spartans are members of the eight-team Patriot District. With so many teams in that league, they don’t all play every season, instead meeting on a rotating setup.

In the case of such big rivalries, like Lake Braddock and West Springfield, located only a couple of miles apart and in the same neighborhood, exceptions should be made and those squads should meet every season. Same for other such Northern Virginia community high-school football rivalries of close proximity, like Langley and McLean, Madison and Oakton and Centreville and Chantilly to name a few. Yearly matchups are a big must.

Think of the money from gate receipts lost when those teams don’t play. All of those games draw huge crowds. Plus, it’s cheating the players and spectators not to face their biggest rival each year.

Waiting two years to play such much-anticipated annual showdowns is way too long. Schedules should be reworked so rivals like Lake Braddock and West Springfield meet each year in high-school football.

No exceptions.

– Dave Facinoli


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