By Marissa Burd
When August of 2017 rolled around, the popular question roaming the halls was whether the football team could live up to last season’s undefeated title.
The team hit the ground running with an undefeated 7-0 record. As a result of the loss to Central Panthers, the Lions lost the undefeated title for the first time since the 2015-2016 school year.
“The loss hurt, yes, but I don’t think it affected the team in a bad way,” says Jamel Foster, a senior captain, outside linebacker, and wide receiver on the team. “We learned from that loss.”
When the regular season ended on Nov. 3, the Lions stood with an 8-2 record, for the regular season, after its 40-27 loss to the Wildcats from Dallastown.
“After the historical season we had last year, I was very excited and hyped to be back out there and have a chance to possibly do it again,” said Foster.
In the first week of playoffs, the Lions went up against the Wilson High School Bulldogs from Reading. The Lions ended the season with a 42-7 loss against the Bulldogs.
The band, cheerleaders, and rowdies showed their support for the Lions at Wilson High School in the nearly 19 degree weather.
Rowdie leaders Micah Davis and Cole Gipe reflect on the season, in terms of the student section: “I think the student section was almost too big,” says Davis. “Which is why we’re excited for basketball season because we’ll have similar numbers.”
The Rowdies reached their goal of travelling to all of the football games and increasing the amount of participation in the student section. “We wanted to create a better atmosphere and I think we were successful in that,” said Gipe.
“The relationship with the football team was like a partnership,” Gipe says, “Most students in the student section are friends with the football players in school so we all get along and the overall goal was to support them.”
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