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Playoff matchups - updated

Can't decide whether to go to the WCAC or DCIAA semifinals? Why not go to both? Here are the schedules for this weekend's football semifinals in both leagues.

WCAC on Friday, Nov. 13
Gonzaga vs. DeMatha, 7 p.m. at Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex
McNamara at Good Counsel, 7 p.m.

DCIAA on Saturday, Nov. 14 - games are at Cardozo
Wilson vs. Ballou, 1:30 p.m.
H.D. Woodson vs. Dunbar, 6:30 p.m.
Don't be surprised to see either of these games start later than scheduled because it's going to be a busy day at Cardozo. The DCIAA middle school championship game (Hart vs. Jefferson) is scheduled for 11 a.m., while the high school junior varsity championship (Woodson vs. Bell) is pegged for 4 p.m. Seldom are football games completed within two hours, plus the teams get 20-30 minutes to warmup prior to each game.

The WCAC final will be Saturday, Nov. 21 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium at 2 p.m. The DCIAA final, the Turkey Bowl, will be on Thanksgiving at 11 a.m. at Eastern.

By Micah Pollack  |  November 6, 2009; 11:59 PM ET
Categories:  Ballou , DCIAA football , Dunbar , Football , H.D. Woodson , Wilson  
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I guess Ballou is guaranteed a spot in the diluted turkey bowl. Why aren't the west teams playing the west and vica versa

Posted by: lightagent | November 7, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

This is how the playoffs always are. 1 West Plays 2 East and vice versa. It would be nice for the DCIAA to get strong enough that there'd be real depth, and dare we say it, parity. Half he teams aren't even competitive. As it stands the Turkey Bowl is pretty much Dunbar vs. Ballou or Woodson every year. I think they need to find a way to bring charters into the mix. Also it would be nice to revive the football city title game. It's been several decades since the riots in the stands at RFK - time to get that ball rolling again.

Posted by: MoMonroe | November 7, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

When the DCIAA was know as the "Inter-high", the format that you mention was used. When the Inter-high used to be competitive (It was at one point), DC had closed boundaries. Now with open boundaries, a kid can go to whatever school he wishes to in the city, it has had an effect on the overall quality of the league. The charters are part of the problem as well. Take Friendship Collegiate for example. The School is geographically located between HD Woodson and Spingarn. Depending on where Friendship students live, they definatley have players that would normally be playing at one of these two schools.

As for the charters, I would suggest making a waiver for their participation. I would also suggest moving Mckinley back to the west Division and have Friendship move to the East to balance the divisions evenly. As for bringing back the City title game, it would be nice if the DCIAA teams were truly competitive. The Days of Tillerson's Roosevelt Rough Riders (last team that won City Championship game)are long gone. Although Dunbar has been the most dominate team, their competition has been weak in their division. Its nice to see that Wilson threw a Monkey Wrench into this years playoffs.

Posted by: usc932000 | November 9, 2009 7:14 AM | Report abuse

You guys make a couple of very intriguing suggestions. The City Title football game has been discussed for a couple of years, but both the DCIAA and WCAC are very committed to their schedules and have been unable to find a common ground to play the game.

The inclusion of charter schools in DCIAA competition has been debated the past couple of years, which will only grow as enrollment in charter schools increases. On one hand, the charter schools are public schools and should be able to play for a public-school title. On the other hand, students make a choice to attend a charter school because they don't like the way DCPS operates its schools. The DCIAA is part of DCPS.

It's a sticky debate, and one on which I'm always eager to hear your opinion. Shoot me an email at

Posted by: Alan Goldenbach | November 9, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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