Battle of the ‘Burn Friday Night is About Much More Than Football

Battle of the ‘Burn Friday Night is About Much More Than Football

The annual Battle of the ‘Burn is heating up, with Stone Bridge and Broad Run high schools facing off for football bragging rights Friday (Nov. 2) at Broad Run.

While the outcome between the Bulldogs (7-1 overall, 4-1 in region) and Spartans (8-1, 5-1) is crucial in each team’s season, there will be something else at stake with, perhaps, even larger implications.

As part of the tradition of the game, DECA chapters from the two schools will compete in raising money for the Madison Small Foundation. Madison, who attended Broad Run, died from complications of bacterial meningitis in 2015. Her family started the foundation to raise money for research and to raise awareness of bacterial meningitis.

According to a press release from the Stone Bridge DECA club, “Madison was known and loved for her kind heart and leadership … as well as her signature pink bow.”

The Battle of the ‘Burn has been a heated battle for bragging rights since 2000, when Stone Bridge High School opened. The fund-raising effort to fight meningitis helps offer a deeper meaning that transcends sports.

The schools’ DECA clubs will be selling t-shirts in school colors and including a large, pink bow, with proceeds going to the foundation. In addition, a GoFundMe account has been established at

The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.



Joseph Dill