Friday night’s come from behind victory for Hempfield may have given former Penn Manor coach Bob Forgrave the win he needed to turn his winless and scoreless Black Knights around.his job.
The game started out as predicted, with the Comets leading the way 7-0 with speedy Dalton Palmer’s punt return for the only score in the first half. With eight minutes left on the clock in the third quarter, tragedy struck. The Black Knights charged their way into the Comet end-zone for their first of what would eventually be 27 points.
Turnovers, missed passes, injuries and a field goal just wide of the mark all contributed to Penn Manor’s shocking 27-10 loss.
All in all, the Comets fought a hard game, on two fronts. The Penn Manor student section kept loyal fan’s spirits high, while the Comets on the field were feeling the heat.
Rivalry between the two schools has always been high, and Friday night’s game was no different. At times, the students may have seemed to be too rowdy to handle, but luckily no brawls or scuffles ensued.
Penn Manor coach Todd Mealy was contemplating reasons for the upset loss by the Comets.
“There are only 38 students playing on our team, and a number of them have injuries. I’ll be re-evaluating the team as a whole, and I will also be re-evaluating myself as a coach,” said Mealy “Maybe there was more I could have done as a coach to have won.”
By Brian Dunne, Ben Embry, Kyle Hallett, Cree Bleacher and Ryan Mays