It is true what they say. The deeper you get into the football season, the bigger and more meaningful everything becomes. Our Salute to Service game last Friday night was no exception.
It all began with the bus ride down to the field. Before we departed, Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Regan spoke to us. He mentioned how we were starting to look like the Mechanicsburg of old — physically and mentally strong, and a tough team to beat. Boy is he right about that!
Soon after, our marching band led the way through town in a parade of sorts, followed by our buses, fire trucks and police cars. Throughout the 30 minute endeavor, you could not help but feel like a celebrity, waving to little kids as they danced and ran along the sidewalk to catch up to us.
The pregame festivities within the stadium were not any less exciting. Honoring veterans and servicemen and women, moving performances of God Bless America and the National Anthem, running through an inflatable helmet and transporting the coin for the coin toss via a flying drone — what else could you ask for?
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Despite all the commotion, however, we came out prepared and focused. When it was finally time to take the field, it did not take us long to pick up right where we left off against Northern. A quick defensive stop and two explosive offensive plays led to a score on our first drive, and an early 6-0 lead. We were well on our way to being 3-1 for the first time in eight years.
Unfortunately, I can’t say much about the second half due to a broken collarbone. I guess this means I’ll be writing as a spectator instead of a player for a little while. (Insert sad face here.)
What I can say, however, is that the 3-1 Mechanicsburg Wildcats will be more than ready to take on the West Perry Mustangs at home next Friday.