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But in the end, Cuthbert made the right decision.
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To me, mostly it’s about the three F’s — family, food and football. I’ll let you decide the order.
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Now that my boys are old enough, the game has truly come full circle.
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New conferences, lost rivals, it’s all added up to more and more teams doing away with WKHir 7KDnNsJiYinJ
game and tradition. What’s next to go, pumpkin pie?
Sure, if we’re not in the playoffs, we’ll play you. That didn’t work out so well for North Penn and LC for about a decade, and go fiJuUH, WKHy FRuOG’vH SODyHG this year.
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There is no school coaches can go to on this one.
It was a magical year for Pennridge, but still the questions will be asked. I don’t think they should. It was a no-win situation for Cuthbert.
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It was the right call; the only call.