City Paper is not for tourists
Friendship Collegiate Academy, which I like to call The Nation’s Best Team That Uses a Storage Bin as a Locker Room, once again took a large early lead then held on, beating Baltimore’s Mount St. Joseph 18-13 last night in Bowie.
The game, part of some moneymaking prep gridiron extravaganza called the I-95 Classic, was Friendship’s second win this week.
Just four days earlier, the Knights beat Cincinnati’s Taft High on national TV as part of a moneymaking prep gridiron extravaganza sponsored by Skyline Chili.
Perhaps Friendship fatigue was what allowed the Gaels quarterback Luke Casey to come within a couple yards of completing a comeback after our Knights went up 18-0 in the first half.
There’s another story line brewing in the land of the Knights: This team needs a kicker.
After two games, Friendship has scored five touchdowns and made zero extra points.
Kicking in D.C. public schools has been a problem for generation. Somebody should write a story about it.
Oh, wait! Somebody has!
(In 2001, when I first wrote about the utter absence of placekicking in D.C. public schools, only 10 extra points were booted in DCIAA over THE ENTIRE SEASON. I’m still fascinated by the topic, and apparently little has changed over the last decade.)
So if there are any high school kids out there who can occasionally put a ball through the uprights from 20 yards out and want to be part of the most talented football squad in town, please enroll in Friendship ASAP and get in touch with the coach.
As for the rest of you, keep the dial right here as we follow the Knights all fall, or at least for as long as they make us look good for jumping on the Friendship bandwagon!