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Area coaches optimistic for 2020 season

High school football

HUNTINGDON — Many of the area’s high school football coaches gathered at Huntingdon Country Club on Sunday for the annual Jack Bailey Golf Outing and to raise money for the Central PA Football Coaches Association’s scholarship funds.

“It’s great to at least get golfers out here,” Event organizer and former Huntingdon football coach Jim Zauzig said. “They turned out in record numbers today with 20 foursomes. Because we didn’t have the Lezzer Lumber game, and we didn’t have the combine, which takes in 400 kids, it’s been tough. It’s nice we got something in to put in our scholarship fund.”

The PIAA gave the green light for high school football workouts in mid-June, and many teams have already gotten a couple weeks of work in toward a season that the coaches in attendance Sunday hope will happen in some form.

“Things have been going really well, and the kids are so happy to be back and have some normalcy,” Bellwood-Antis coach Nick Lovrich said. “We have had some great numbers, and the kids are excited about the season. Hopefully everything works out.

“You hear so much, and you hear other states shortening seasons. You hear about moving to the spring. I know the PIAA is meeting this week. Hopefully they start to give us some answers on things. I did read that they are going to go week by week and determine it later. At least they aren’t going to do it prematurely and things might get better. We’re hoping for the best. We’ll control the things we can control and have our kids ready to play.”

That PIAA meeting will be held on Wednesday, but discussion of the future of football season is not currently on the agenda. The PIAA has added a special meeting on Zoom scheduled for Aug. 5 which may address the situation.

Some aren’t as feeling as positive as Lovrich, who was named the Central PA Football Coaches Association South’s co-Coach of the Year at the event Sunday.

“It would be nice if we have a season,” Zauzig said. “But my feeling is that we probably won’t have a season, but that will be determined in August.”

Juniata Valley got back to work on July 7, and coach Bill Musser said he’s had 25-26 kids attend each night.

“I’m feeling very optimistic that we will have some form of a football season,” Musser said. “I think the people of our community and the people in our area are doing what we need to do to make sure that happens.”

Moshannon Valley coach Mike Keith said his school district just approved workouts this week, and some adjustments have been made.

“We just started this week, and we have to take every kid’s temperature and every coach’s temperature every time we meet,” Keith said. “Other than that it’s normal, but after workouts the kids can’t put anything away. The coaches put everything away and wipe it down.”

The team of Steve Taylor, Mike Galloway, Tim Kessling and Joe Friday won Sunday’s first flight scramble with a score of 54. The money from the event will go toward several scholarships for high school seniors headed to college to play football.

Everyone in attendance Sunday just wanted to make sure they get their last year of high school play in first.

“I’m hopeful that since they started it, I’m hopeful they aren’t raising the kids hopes and then dashing them,” Keith said. “I’m still hopeful we have some type of season.”

RESULTS

First Flight: 1, Taylor-Galloway-Kessling-Friday, 54; 2, Strickler-Fyock-Boytim-Savino, 55; 3, R. Hopsicker-P.Hopsicker, Fouse-Greenfell, 56. Second Flight: 1, Irwin Jr.-Myers-Hallahan-Green, 59; 2, N. Lovrich-N. Lovrich Sr.-S. Lovrich-Kensinger, 61.

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