In an informal poll at the Seneca Valley-Churchill and Magruder-Springbrook football games last weekend, most of the fans and players who said they were interested did not know all the issues associated with the NFL players strike. But the majority said they sympathized with the players, saying they should attempt to get as much money and as many benefits as they can.
Nearly half said they didn't watch games on Sunday, preferring to go to movies, watch videos at home or visit friends and relatives. Those in attendance said the strike had no bearing on their being at the high school games. Many said they followed high school football and would have been there even if NFL games had been on TV Sunday.
However, most said they felt the strike would give additional exposure to high school and college football.
The presence of Paul Palmer, an All-Met at Churchill, all-America at Temple and number one draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs, didn't help Churchill in its big game against Seneca Valley. The Screaming Eagles won, 3-0.
Palmer, here visiting his family and friends because of the strike, spent most of the evening accepting congratulations and signing autographs.
"I am just here a few days and I thought I would come to see the game and my old coaches," Palmer said. "I hope the strike ends soon. I'm doing fine, but Kansas City is slow. Nothing like home."
Despite Palmer's cheerleading, Churchill couldn't crack Seneca Valley's tough defense and suffered its first loss of the season.
"I guess I didn't help," Palmer said.
Coach Horace Fleming of Wilson, which usually scheduled tougher teams during the preseason to ready its players for Interhigh League games, has tried a different approach this year. And it is working.
Wilson dropped Georgetown Prep and Forestville from its schedule in favor of Sidwell Friends and Poolesville, much smaller schools. Wilson defeated Friends, 13-7, and Poolesville, a Maryland Class C school, 22-14, in overtime.
"Wins can build confidence and . . . we decided to lessen our schedule a bit, although I wouldn't call either Friends or Poolesville easy wins," Fleming said. "We are trying to develop a winning attitude and we wanted to play some schools we were more competitive with. It's very tough working the next week after bad losses."
Wilson's girls basketball team is looking for a Christmas tournament to enter. If interested, contact Coach Horace Fleming at the school . . . The 1974 Alexandria Pride girls soccer traveling team seeks interested players for the fall and spring seasons. Contact John Fitch at 683-2197 . . . The Overlea Swimming Club is seeking a coach for its "A" swimming team, its "B" swimming team and its diving team. The season extends from Memorial Day to early August. If interested, call Marvin Phaup at 534-9473.
Yorktown's football program has earned just one playoff berth in 16 years. The Arlington school hasn't been able to keep up with the larger schools because of lack of depth and talent.
But when Yorktown shut out Herndon, 14-0, it gave the Patriots a 4-0 record -- the first time in six years they have won that many.