Cuth­bert made the right call

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Dan Arkans dark­ans@jour­nal­regis-

men­nridge coach oandy Cuth­bert may come un­der fire in the coming weeks for play­ing his team against 4uak­er­town on Thanks­giv­ing Day prior to a district semi­fi­nal loss to ppring-Ford on patur­day.

We will never know if the re­sults would’ve been dif­fer­ent if he would’ve rested his en­tire team as ppringFord did — or what fire he’d be un­der if his team had still lost on Thanks­giv­ing and then again in dis­tricts.

But in the end, Cuth­bert made the right de­ci­sion.

Foot­ball, in some parts, still mat­ters on Thanks­giv­ing and it should al­ways mat­ter.

My mother re­cently asked what the hol­i­day means to me.

To me, mostly it’s about the three F’s — fam­ily, food and foot­ball. f’ll let you de­cide the or­der.

My fam­ily has played a Thanks­giv­ing game dubbed, un­for­tu­nately, “The Toi­let Bowl,” for go­ing on 6M years. My grand­fa­ther played in the first game with my great un­cle. My grand­fa­ther has since passed, and my un­cle is still play­ing at age TP. There were years grow­ing up that play­ing in this game was the high­light to my en­tire year, and how f de­fined Thanks­giv­ing.

kow that my boys are old enough, the game has truly come full cir­cle.

ft used to be about win­ning — about beat­ing my dad and el­ders. kow, it’s about fun and about get­ting ev­ery­one in­volved in the game. ft’s about fam­ily and foot­ball and a lit­tle about food be­cause my fa­ther is an off-thecharts chef.

For some, Thanks­giv­ing may be about that men­nridge/4uak­er­town game, mainly be­cause it’s the only game in town.

kew con­fer­ences, lost ri­vals, it’s all added up to more and more teams do­ing away with their Thanks­giv­ing

game and tra­di­tion. What’s next to go, pump­kin pie?

pure, if we’re not in the play­offs, we’ll play you. That didn’t work out so well for ko­rth menn and LC for about a decade, and go fig­ure, they could’ve played this year.

men­nridge and nu­ak­er­town not only had to play be­cause they are each other’s ko. 1 ri­val, no mat­ter the record or year, but be­cause the oams needed it to win the league ti­tle.

bas­ton still treats mhillips­burg as its game of the year — no mat­ter what the fu­ture has in store for the post­sea­son. f wit­nessed ptrouds­burg and bast ptrouds­burg pouth try to fig­ure out a new game plan in this new world. They de­cided to play twice — once in the league and once on Thanks­giv­ing.

There is no school coaches can go to on this one.

ft was a mag­i­cal year for men­nridge, but still the ques­tions will be asked. f don’t think they should. ft was a no-win sit­u­a­tion for Cuth­bert.

Foot­ball coaches don’t look ahead; they fo­cus on the game in front of them. ee couldn’t have put in his jayvee and disgrace the game, much like ppringFord did. ee treated the game with the re­spect it’s de­served for 8P years. Around merkasie and pellersville, the ques­tion isn’t, “eow far did you go in dis­tricts?” The ques­tion is, “Did you beat nu­ak­er­town?”

This year the oams did, and it gave them the league ti­tle.

ft was the right call; the only call.

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