QUICKSBURG – When the Atlantic Football Association needed a neutral site to hold its championship game, Pete Lampman knew of the perfect spot – Stonewall Jackson High School.
Lampman is not only Stonewall Jackson’s football coach but he is also the commissioner of the AFA, a semi-pro football league. The championship game, between the Virginia Storm and the Washington Bulldawgs will be held on June 30 at Stonewall Jackson at 7 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for tonight but was moved to next week due to the weather. Price of admission is $5.
“I checked with (Stonewall Jackson Principal) Mike (Dorman) and (Stonewall Jackson Athletic Director) Mike (Lenox) and they were cool with it,” Lampman said. “It’s five bucks to come out and watch a pretty good football game. One team is (11-1), the other is 10-2. So they’re both pretty good football teams and they play a pretty good brand of football. They’ll throw the ball around a lot. So we’re honored to have it.”
Lampman said the game will be used as a fundraiser for Stonewall Jackson’s football team. He said many of the high school players will be helping out with the event, the concession stands will be open and there will be a 50/50 raffle.
Lampman is in his first year as commissioner of the league and said he played in another semi-pro league for many years.
“I played for 17 years and some of the guys that run these teams I played with and against over a 17-year period when I played in the Mason Dixon League,” he said. “They asked me to be the commissioner and do the things that commissioners do. I was honored that they asked me. I enjoyed it. I played it for a long time. It’s probably a little more work than I thought it was going to be. But it’s a good league, a bunch of good guys run it. They all just love the game and want to keep playing football.”
Lampman said that he played for 14 years for the Virginia Storm when the team played in the Mason Dixon League. The AFA started in 2011 and had 13 teams all over the mid-Atlantic this season. There are two conferences – the Northern Conference and the Southern Conference.
In 2016 Manassas Park High School standout Dominique Terrell was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship game for the Virginia Chargers. In 2013, former Handley High School standout Richard Myers was named the MVP of the championship game for the Virginia Chargers.
The Virginia Storm are coached by Chris Weeks and owned by Heather Weeks and are based out of Martinsville. The Storm have players on their roster who played at colleges such as Old Dominion University, Ferrum College, Hampden-Sydney and many who didn’t play at the collegiate level. The Storm are 10-2 on the season. The Storm won the Southern Conference title.
The Washington Bulldawgs are coached by Reginald White and are based out of Washington D.C. The Bulldawgs won the Northern Conference title and are 11-1 this season.
The league runs from March to June and Lampman said ages for the league are 18-and-older. He said most of the players in the league are former college players or former high school players trying to continue playing the game they love.
He said it should be a fun game and enjoyable for anyone who loves to watch football.
“It’s an evening of football in June,” Lampman said. “So if you miss football, and you can’t wait for it to begin, here you go. You got full contact football – two teams going for a championship.”