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On the verge of prep practices opening all across the area, the DeMatha/Good Counsel rivalry is getting sillier or fabulouser by the day, depending on how seriously you take high school sports. Even some obsessives are wondering if it’s getting out of hand.
Here at Cheap Seats, both the weekly and daily incarnations, we’ve done what we can to start a fire chronicle what’s going on between the area’s top two football programs, including even mentioning the rumors that a matchup between the teams last year was fixed.
A high school football game, fixed? Awesome!
Then last week, the Washington Post ran a story by high school sports guru Josh Barr about how the feud picked up ever since the 2009 WCAC championship game. That contest was won by Good Counsel, giving the Olney school the first conference title in its history, and ending a five-year losing streak to perennial Hyattsville powerhouse Dematha in the championship game.
Some DeMatha supporters didn’t like learning after the game that a DeMatha coach had for years also served as a personal trainer to the Good Counsel quarterback. And they’re not keeping their feelings to themselves.
Barr’s article prompted somebody to run to the Post’s comments section and accuse an unnamed party on the DeMatha side of being on the take during last year’s WCAC championship game. Here’s the feisty comment (for reasons of queasiness, I edited out the name of the Good Counsel quarterback and the Post commenter):
This story makes it sound like the issue is that one of our coaches helped improve the skills of an opposing player. I coach the defensive line at DeMatha and I can safely say that the anger and outrage on the coaching staff is not because we begrudge [the Good Counsel QB] his improved play or Good Counsel its championship. That would show a lack of character and even more than all of our championships, our coaches value our integrity as men of character. What breaks my heart and the hearts of our seniors and their parents is not losing. It is the knowledge that with one exception, we are certain that everyone associated with DeMatha gave 100% that day and the nagging question as to whether one of us gave something less than that.
I believe the commenter’s point was: He thinks a high school football game was fixed. Awesome!
That comment is still visible on the Post’s web site. Not all the discussions about Good Counsel/DeMatha, however, have been allowed to linger.
Over at dcsportsfan.com, the clearinghouse for bitching about area prep school sports, the discussion got so personal and so ugly, not to mention legally dubious, that the site manager has yanked the Good Counsel/DeMatha threads from its message boards. This site’s fabulousness comes in its hyping of schoolboy rivalries. Yet editor-in-chief Todd Bradley tells me via email that he pulled the plug on these particular discussions after getting “lots of complaints from both sides” about the direction of the discourse.
Last words: Friday, October 8, 2010. DeMatha at Good Counsel.