Penn Manor vs. Hempfield Lax Heats up an already Hot Rivalry

By Connor Hughes, Connor Rowe and Jay Jackson

The Penn Manor lacrosse team opens its season against arch rival Hempfield, Friday, March 25 at 4:15.

The boys from Penn Manor are hyped about the game and aren’t afraid to share.

“Hempfield’s game plan is to cruise through and get the win, but everyone has a game plan until you get [hit] in the face,” one player exclaimed.

Hempfield is a lacrosse powerhouse with five district championships since 2000.

Not only does Hempfield hold all of these championships, they’ve never lost to Penn Manor, a team that battles every year.

“This is the year to beat them,” one player insisted.

The win would mean a lot to all the guys, according to senior Peter Horning, “It’d be culmination of all the work that went into this team ever since fifth grade.”

Sophmore Brady Charles has been waiting for this game for a long time.

“We’ve been hyping it since the summer,” said Charles.  “It’s all about revenge.  Penn Manor has never won against Hempfield.”

Charles is very confident.

“One-hundred and ten percent chance we win.  No doubt.  We expect to win,” he said.

Charles also mentioned the demeanor that the Hempfield players have.

“They’re over-confident, cocky,” insisted Charles.

This rivalry has been growing for years, and now it’s getting heated.

“[You] think [you] can beat us?” Hempfield defender Nick Best, allegedly asked on a Facebook post.

“Why wouldn’t I?  That’s not the right attitude,” responded defensive midfielder Jaq Presbery.

This match-up could go either way, but it seems like the Comets have the ability and confidence to take the victory.

“Gentlemen this is our time, our year, our game,” said Mark Curtain.  “I don’t care what they’ve done or who they are, I know we are prepared to take care of business.  I wouldn’t want to go into battle with anyone else.  If we play as a family, work as a family and pick each other up, we will win as a family.”

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