Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pottstown, Owen J. Roberts tackling tradition this Thanksgiving

By Don Seeley

BUCKTOWN — There is no championship on the line.
Pride, well, that’s another thing entirely.
Pottstown has an opportunity to finish with its best Pioneer Athletic Conference run in five years and close out the program’s first non-losing season in nine years. Owen J. Roberts has an opportunity to put the brakes on a five-game slide and rev up some much-needed confidence and momentum for next year.
All that — sparked even more by the competitive on-field (as well as off-field) fires that have always heated up this series — will supply the drama for this morning’s 54th renewal of their Thanksgiving Day rivalry at Owen J. Roberts High School.
“This is my sixth Thanksgiving game, and we’ve really learned to embrace the tradition,” Pottstown head coach Brett Myers said. “As I mentioned last year, the Thanksgiving game is very big for us. It’s like a bowl game. We don’t worry about records; we worry about the game as its own entity.”
“I told our players after our last game (a 28-21 loss to Upper Merion on Nov. 9) that we need to go out with a big win,” Owen J. Roberts head coach Tom Barr said. “A win will benefit next year’s team in starting off with good movement forward. I told them if they care about this team, and OJR football, they have to work hard for a win in helping your teammates and all the players before them.” 

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