The East County Youth Football Lions and the Delta Patriots have agreed to take their rivalry to the field and will face off at Liberty High on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.
The East County Midgets team (ages 12-14, up to 160 pounds) will face the Delta Patriots’ Varsity West team (ages 13-14).
“In the last three years especially, there’s been a serious effort to scrimmage,” said Delta Patriots president Stan Fratus. “All the kids go to school together, all the parents live in the same town and know each other.”
Players such as running back Riley Condon and linebacker Alex Einess lead the Varsity West team; the Lions’ Midgets squad fields strong talents in running backs Domonic Espino and Dominick Warren, as well as QB Joe Sweeney and offensive tackle Zac Harris.
The opportunity arose when East County found it had a bye week on Oct. 29, so members asked Fratus if the Delta Patriots would be interested in filling the vacancy.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for our kids to match up with kids they don’t get to play, but they all know each other,” Midgets head coach Dave Smith said. “There’s a lot of banter back and forth.”