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DCSAA announces Pigskin Kickoff Classic, featuring public, private and charter teams

McKinley Tech, which won last year’s inaugural Gravy Bowl, will take on Carroll in the third game of a Sept. 6 triple-header as part of the inaugural Pigskin Kickoff Classic. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Eight public, private and charter school football teams from the District will face off in September in the inaugural D.C. State Athletic Association Pigskin Kickoff Classic, the organization announced Monday.

The event will begin Sept. 6 at Eastern with Anacostia taking on St. Albans at noon, Eastern playing Maret at 2:30 p.m. and Gravy Bowl champion McKinley Tech facing DCSAA Class A winner Carroll at 5 p.m. The kickoff will culminate on Sept. 12 when charter school power Friendship Collegiate faces Wilson at Catholic University.

“We were going to play Friendship anyway and the state office called and asked if we wouldn’t mind playing them as a part of the classic,” Wilson Coach Mark Martin said. “You can’t pass up a chance to play Friendship in an event like this, and it’s an honor for us to be a part of it. It’s all about competition and playing the best teams out there.”

The Pigskin Kickoff Classic marks another effort by the DCSAA to unify D.C.’s public, private and charter school sports teams under one umbrella. The event will be bookended by the annual DCSAA football playoffs, which were launched in 2012 and expanded last season into AA and A Classes.

“We are eager to see these matchups between opponents that rarely have opportunities to meet and allow our student-athletes from across the city to face one another,” DCSAA Executive Director Clark Ray said in the press release. “Just as the state football playoffs have become an annual tradition, our fans can look forward to this becoming a yearly event.”

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.



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