City Desk

D.C. Youth Football Teams Going to the Show

While D.C.'s high school football scene has been debacle-friendly of late, our little boys of fall are showing there's still scads of gridiron talent in the city.

Two teams sponsored by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will play in the Pop Warner National Championship tournament beginning this weekend in Lake Buena Vista, Fl. ESPN3 will broadcast the games.

Our own Beacon House Falcons 10-11 year old squad earned their berth by crushing Philly's Northwest Raiders, 37-7, to take the Pop Warner Eastern Regional Championship game last week in Rumson, N.J.

The Falcons will face the Glenville (Ohio) Titans on Saturday in Florida in the national quarterfinals.

The same day, a squad from the Marshall Heights youth program will play Texas' Oak Cliff Titans in the junior midget quarters.

Trips to Florida are old hat for DPR's kiddie ballers.

Marshall Heights's midgets won a Pop Warner national championship in 2006. Beacon House's Pee Wee team won a Pop Warner national title in 2007 and its Jr. Pee Wee team won the championship last year.

Another DPR-sponsored squad, the Watkins Hornets, won the national championship in 2009.

Teams from close-in Maryland suburbs, the White Oak Warriors (of UnderArmour commercial fame) and Hyattsville Hawks, have also won several titles.

So how come our high school teams stink again?

What if DPR took over DCPS football?

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  • Bijan C. Bayne

    Each time I run across one of these game on ESPN-extended, a Capital area team is involved (for about eight years in my limited awareness). Someone drops the ball locally during the kids' middle school years- the same age students' academic interests tends to wane. Great column Dave, as the home of Sidat-Singh, Lenny Ford, Avatus Stone, Willie Wood, Lonnie Perrin, Byron Leftwich and Josh Cribbs can do better.