W-L vs. Yorktown football photo

All-Arlington high-school football rivalries, like this recent game between Washington-Liberty and Yorktown, are played every season. (Photo by Deb Kolt)

In the high-school football annals in Arlington, Friday, Sept. 11 of 1987 was the only time in county history that all four Arlington varsity prep teams were involved in games against one another on the same date.  

In those contests, the host Yorktown Patriots defeated the Bishop O’Connell Knights, 25-7, and the Wakefield Warriors downed the visiting Washington-Lee (now Washington-Liberty), Generals,  6-0. 

The Generals were supposed to host Wakefield that Friday night, but the game was moved to Wakefield because the new lights on the W-L field weren’t yet ready.

Washington-Lee could have hosted the contest on Saturday afternoon, but decided otherwise. So the all-Arlington clash was moved to Wakefield. James Brooks scored the only touchdown in the first quarter, and Wakefield eventually won, 6-0.

Ed Wilson had been the director of student activities at Wakefield back then, but had just taken the same job at W-L. As a result, he was running the department at both schools for the first three weeks of that school year.

NOTE: Wakefield, Washington-Liberty and Yorktown still play each season in football, but O’Connell hasn’t been a participant in the all-Arlington rivalry since the 1998 season when it played and defeated Yorktown. The teams also met the year before, with Yorktown winning. Each game was at Yorktown . . . Washington-Liberty and O’Connell last met in 1983 and Wakefield and O’Connell last played in 1982.

This information was provided by Wakefield High School sports historian and current Warriors’ multiple-sports announcer Frank Haddock.

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