Saegertown forfeits varsity football game

Sarah Shaw, staff writer and Jackie Galford, features editor

The Saegertown Panthers are preparing to get back into their season this week, competing at Iroquois tonight at 7 p.m., Oct. 17.

The Saegertown Panthers are preparing to get back into their season this week, competing at Iroquois tonight at 7 p.m., Oct. 23.

The forfeit of the varsity football game against Lakeview on October 16 surprised the Saegertown student body. Mr. Healey, PENNCREST School District’s superintendent, expressed his knowledge of the forfeit. “We only had 10 players ready to play that day. We scheduled ahead so Lakeview would know we wouldn’t be there.” He noted that the only information released by PENNCREST was a statement from his office. Any other details were reported from outside the district. “The media things didn’t come from us.” He didn’t want rumors to start that just weren’t necessary.

Some of the cheerleaders and players were upset but understood the decision that was made. Senior player Chris Mattern-Gilchrist said, “I wish we could have played, but due to the loss of so many kids, I understand why we cancelled.” Senior Lexi Rockwell said, “I think it’s kind of sad we had to forfeit. We didn’t have enough players to cover for those who were unable to play.”

Although some of the players were upset, others could agree it was necessary. “It gave the team some time to heal over not only sickness but injuries as well. We had too many of them,” said junior Adam Kralj.

As for the tonight’s contest at Iroquois, the team has taken some time to think about how they are going to attack it, and they would appreciate all support that is willing to come to the game at 7 p.m. “We’ve taken the time this week to really regroup and work on our plays. I think this will be a good game,” Kralj said.

Mr. Horne takes over Panther football program

By Shaun Boyle, Sports Editor

Coach Adam Horne

Adam Horne

Social studies teacher Mr. Adam Horne was introduced as the new head football coach at Saegertown High School on April 22 during a tutorial meeting for next year’s football team.  Horne is taking over for former head coach Mike Rhoades. “I’m optimistic about the upcoming year. I am pleased with the number of kids that are participating in our lifting program,” said Horne. Lifting takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Horne is a promoter for lifting and cardio workouts.“You have to be in shape to play the game the way it’s meant to be played. Usually when we are tired is when we make mistakes,” he said.

Students who want to play football this upcoming year will need to fill out a Saegertown Football paper. These forms can be found in the office. The 2015 football season kicks off Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. against Mercyhurst Prep.