Mayor Gray, County Executive Baker Make Wager Over Football Game

Tracey Gold Bennett | 9/9/2011, 9:14 a.m.

Call it a friendly wager between leaders. Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray have set the stage for a showdown between H.D. Woodson and Fairmount Heights Hornets football teams on Sept. 9.

If Woodson wins, Baker will take the mayor to Jerry's Seafood on Lanham Severn Road in Lanham, Md. If Fairmount Heights emerges victorious, then Gray will host Baker for a lunch at the historic landmark restaurant Ben's Chili Bowl on U St. in Washington D.C.

"The mayor says he is counting on the mighty Woodson to beat Fairmount Heights. He says when that happens the county executive will miss out on two Ben's Chili Bowl half smokes, but he will enjoy Baker's treat at Jerry's in Prince George's County," said Doxie McCoy, senior communications officer for the mayor.

The match is set to kickoff at 7 p.m. The game will take place at the newly-constructed, green, H.D. Woodson High School which opened to students on Aug. 22.

The school boasts a track and field area, and a football stadium that could rival a division one university.

The former school building, touted as the "Tower of Power," was first opened in 1972 but lacked a track and sufficiently operable swimming pool for its athletes.

Woodson Warriors are D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association champs, while Fairmount Heights Hornets are a formidable foe with the Hornets, who are ranked 97th in the state of Maryland.

"This is a lot of fun," said Scott Peterson, spokesperson for Baker. "Both County Executive Baker and Mayor Gray take pride in their communities. They were inaugurated one month apart, they took office around the same time and they have developed a strong relationship that's growing.

One side note: Prince Georgians will not have to trek into the District for Ben's Chili Bowl fare. Ben's Chili Bowl is opening a new location at Redskins stadium in Landover, Md.

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Jerry's Seafood