Gar-Field and Robinson, two Virginia AAA football teams who could meet in the 1982 playoffs, will get a head start on other teams in the area when they play a nondistrict game at 8 tonight at Gar-Field.
In another game at 8, Fauquier will play host to Broad Run. Bethlehem Christian will play at Manassas Park at 1:30 Saturday. The other Virginia schools will open their seasons Sept. 3. Maryland, the Interhigh League and most of the private schools will start a week later.
The Gar-Field versus Robinson game was scheduled early because both teams had openings on their schedules and tonight was the only time they could play.
"Every year, there are four or five teams in the (Northern) Region with openings and the teams must try to fill them on their own," Harry Smith, the athletic director at Robinson, said. "We tried several teams but couldn't work out anything. Gar-Field was having the same trouble so we decided to play and tonight was the only time we could get it in."
Getting permission from the Virginia High School League wasn't a problem and Smith hopes the game will produce a lot of revenue.
"School hasn't started yet, so you can't tell who'll come out," he said. "We're hoping for a big turnout."
Gar-Field, one of the area's most successful football teams in recent years, always has had a huge following. The Indians disappointed their fans last year, losing to William Fleming, 14-10, in the first round of the state playoffs. Gar-Field was 10-0 until then and looked as it it would win the state championship.
Robinson, which won three of its last four games to finish 6-4, may be short-handed tonight. Several of Coach Ed Henry's players have the flu and a few have other physical problems.