Hot Start Has Colts Football as the Talk of the Town
It was hard to comprehend that as recently as the start of the school year, the Football team was a complete afterthought.
All anyone expected was the same old squad that would win, if luck was on their side, three games and maybe would accomplish a sneak drive into the WPIAL playoffs; which would end in a fairly quick exit.
Now, going into Friday night’s game against Blackhawk, the Colts are in a position to win more games than they did last year, and move up into the top rankings of the AAA Parkway Conference.
As I sat in my fifth period class Thursday mid-day, I looked over at fellow classmate and close friend Sean McCrerey and we started discussing the upcoming Friday night game that will revolve around Homecoming, which is Saturday night at the school.
“The team is getting rid of the persona it has had over the past couple years and it looks like things are turning around.”
It’s not just Sean who is discussing football, or handing out such generous compliments. It seems the whole school has football fever. The topics have all been about the standings, the schedule, the depth chart matchups, how the boys will win against rivals like Central Valley and New Castle.
Honestly, it’s music to my ears. I talked for a few minutes about the early season hype with World History teacher and assistant football coach Mr. Kirby. I asked him about his thoughts on the exciting start that includes wins over Hopewell and highly ranked Montour.
“We will see it going,” adding on “we’re getting better and we will see good things.” A typical Mr. Kirby response, but it’ so refreshing and enlightening that it only gives added momentum to what is shaping to be a terrific remainder of the season.
If the boys can pull out a win Friday night against Blackhawk, they will be 3-1, which puts them in excellent position to be in a run for their first playoff appearance since 2011. It would be the first since Niel Loebig took over the reins of the program, and it could be the foundation of great things to come over the next few seasons.
The students and faculty are noticing. Football is once again establishing itself as a part of the Colt Community, and the talk is growing.
Hopefully, the boys can keep the hopes and adrenaline high as they embark on a conquest to be the first Colts team to advance and win the WPIAL Final at Heniz Field.