Eight and one-half months after the City Championship game of 1977 should have been played, Eastern and Carroll finally are getting around to facing each other in football.

Minus a number of veterans who were graduated in June, the defending champions of the Interhigh and Metro conferences will open their 1978 seasons this morning at 11 o'clock at Carroll.

The official city championship game hasn't been played since 1975 when scheduling conflicts ended the popular Thanksgiving football classic.

But Carroll athletic boss Maus Collins needed games to fill out his 1978 schedule so the two schools finally will get together - even if on a delayed basis.

"I only have nine players back from last year's team (9-1)," said Collins. "With a practically new team, the players don't have the feeling this is a title game."

The Lions will rely on speed and defense to offset their inexperience and lack of size. Eastern (7-4) returns its entire defense, but the Ramblers' offensive line is still a question mark.

In other important season openers today, defending Maryland state champions Churchill, Seneca Valley and Kennedy begin play in Montgomery County, and Williams hosts Annandale in a Virginia AAA nonleague game.

Churchill entertains rival Gaithersburg, Kennedy plays at Wheaton and Seneca Valley attempts to extend its winning streak to 27 at home against Richard Montgomery.