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High school football begins in Berks with some semblance of normalcy

The band was there. And the cheerleaders. And fans, including students.

High school football returned to some semblance of normalcy after last year’s pandemic-induced restrictions when Berks Catholic began the season in Berks County with a late-afternoon kickoff against Executive Education at the Forino Sports Complex.

“It’s fantastic,” said Tom Curley, 55, of Douglassville, “especially seeing the students, the incoming freshmen. It’s a fun atmosphere.

“It was definitely missed.”

The start of last season was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, then crowd sizes were extremely limited, with each school having different guidelines.

At Berks Catholic, students couldn’t attend games a year ago, so freshmen were unable to experience the thrill of the Friday night lights.

“It’s really fun,” said Berks Catholic sophomore Caroline Metz. “You get the actual high school experience with the community and everyone.”

“It’s actually started to feel like high school this year,” said sophomore Maureen Arentz.

About the only downer for the Saints and their fans was that they didn’t get to see 48 minutes of action.

The teams were pulled off the field with 1:34 left in the first half due to lightning before the game eventually was ruled a 46-12 victory for Berks Catholic.

“It’s exciting to be back and watch games,” said Nick Kennedy, 35, of Robesonia.


Source: Berkshire mont

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