No feeling of finality for Rams this Thanksgiving
uled, the two communities will take up every inch of the bleachers, and the players will still never forget the morning they played the Panthers.
“You look around and it’s a zoo,” Kraynik said. “The game has an amazing atmosphere. I think it is a great game and it shouldn’t go anywhere.”
Rams’ senior Andy Graff came up through the Pennridge Greenjackets youth football program, but does not recall attending the Thanksgiving football game until he reached high school and learned from his elder classmen what the game was all about. Graff learned the game was one last time to go to battle with teammates that have become family.
“Once I got into ninth grade I started supporting Pennridge more,” Graff said. “My brother Rusty always went to the games. My family is gigantic and we usually eat on Friday because of the game, but I think this year we are going to try and squeeze it in.”
The Rams’ ability to harp on the meaning of family this season has them in this predicament all teams would wish upon themselves. Graff and John Dubyk headline a talented defense, but it is the Rams’ cohesiveness that has helped them take the program to uncharted heights.
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Coach has thrown out the idea of scheduling Quakertown in week four and on Thanksgiving in case a special season like this happens again. Cuthbert recognizes the importance of Thanksgiving football to the community, but also recognizes how exceptional the group he has is this year.
“It is not ideal to have two games in three days,” Cuthbert said. “There is a good argument to not have a Thanksgiving Day game anymore. The one year when you have a special group of kids and now we are in a bad spot.”
With the site for the Thanksgiving game alternating in year, Poppy Yoder was not supposed to get so much activity in November. But thanks to the Rams’ playoff run, they now have extended time at their beloved home beyond the fourth Thursday in November.
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And home, with family, at Thanksgiving is where everyone wants to be.