It was very frustrating to Chambersburg athletic director Jeremy Flores that the Trojans’ final football game, which had been scheduled for Saturday at Manheim Central, had to be canceled because of COVID concerns at both schools.
“We were so close,” Flores said. “All of the other fall sports were able to finish their seasons, and we just needed one more game. It’s not the way we wanted it to end.”
But while the football team had an unfortunate end to its season, overall Flores was pleased with the fall season — especially the fact that there even was a fall season for sports.
“I think very few people would know how close we were to having no fall season at all,” he said. “So, even though the seasons were delayed and shortened, we have to call the season a success. I think a lot of deserved credit should go to everyone involved, from the student athletes, to the coaches, to the training staff, to the administration. Everyone was on board.”
Not to mention the AD and his staff, who had to deal with changing schedules and changing regulations, and all kinds of other issues unique to 2020.
“We’ve not been perfect,” Flores said. “It’s been a daily challenge. But it was awesome because we needed to get this in for the kids. They needed an opportunity. It was good for them socially, mentally, physically and academically. I had one parent of a volleyball player say to me that her daughter really needed sports with everything else going on.
“So I’m proud of what we accomplished. It makes everything we went through worth it.”
And now, it’s time to do it all over again … maybe. With COVID rates going back up, there are growing concerns about the feasibility of having the winter season.
Winter practices are scheduled to begin next Friday, Nov. 20. Also next week, the Mid Penn Conference meets Tuesday and the PIAA meets Wednesday. Either or both of those events could produce significant news concerning the winter season.
Flores said, “We’ve laid the foundation this fall and shown we can do this. We’ll fight to have a winter season until they say we can’t. Nobody has trained us for this, but we’re learning and making the best of it.
“That’s what’s great about sports — it teaches you to work through adversity. Even in games, you have to adapt to changes. So in some ways, the athletic department is a little better prepared for us than some others.”