No feel­ing of fi­nal­ity for Rams this Thanks­giv­ing

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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.

“I have played foot­ball siQFH , wDs fiYH DQG WKis is the best team I have ever played on,” Graff said. “Ev­ery year there seems to EH sRPH FRQfliFW, EuW WKis year there has not been any. We all are in high spir­its and just loved. These are my broth­ers.”

Spring-Ford also will play Thanks­giv­ing eve, which may ease coach Cuth­bert’s mind slightly know­ing their sHPi­fiQDO RSS­RQHQW is iQ WKH same boat. How­ever coach wRuOG OiNH WR fiQG D wDy WR ac­com­mo­date the best of both worlds.

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.

“I am emo­tional be­cause I went to South Mid­dle School and have been play­ing at Poppy Yoder since sev­enth grade,” Graff sDiG. “7KH fiHOG PHDQs some­thing to all of us. It is our home.”

And home, with fam­ily, at Thanks­giv­ing is where ev­ery­one wants to be.

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