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Blue Raider pride abounds again: Editorial

Posted 11/7/17

Here we are again, at the end of a high school football regular season beaming with pride about the Middletown Area High School Blue Raiders.

We are proud of all the MAHS sports teams, and all the …

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Blue Raider pride abounds again: Editorial

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Here we are again, at the end of a high school football regular season beaming with pride about the Middletown Area High School Blue Raiders.

We are proud of all the MAHS sports teams, and all the extracurriculars. You can check out how the Blue Wave Band did on page B6.

But we want to focus on the football team. Its success in the last two seasons is worthy of the highest praise.

Last year’s run to the state title game might have been a bit unexpected as the season started, but as the Blue Raiders continued to roll up wins, it was evident that something special was going on.

That level of achievement continued all the way to the state title game, when a super-talented Beaver Falls team proved too much for the Blue Raiders to handle.

But the excitement, the parade, the community support ... that will never be forgotten despite falling short of taking home the ultimate prize.

What would this year bring, however? There were many key pieces back. But could it happen again?

Yes, we are happy to report. Yes, it could.

Every team is different, coaches will tell you — even ones that follow a successful season and that include many of the same players.

We are sure the returners from last year’s team had the confidence that they could do it again. In fact, for juniors and seniors, this is their third straight trip to the PIAA District III Class 3A playoffs. That’s an achievement in and of itself.

Despite the differences in the two teams, it’s fun to compare. You can see the rundown in scores between the two seasons on page B1. There are some interesting numbers to glean.

It’s interesting to note that this year’s team scored 422 points (so far). Last year’s team scored 410 in the regular season: a difference of only about 1 point per game.

This year’s defense allowed 86 points for the season (so far). Last year’s team allowed 91. That’s a difference of half a point per game. 

Both totals are nearly the same.

The team played the same teams both seasons in the exact same order, with just the locations reversed.

The games against Palmyra both seasons were very close and yielded almost the same score: 17-10 this year and 14-10 last year.

They beat Lower Dauphin 24-7 this year and 27-7 last year. They beat Northern York 35-0 this year and 33-0 last year. They beat Steel-High 45-7 this year and 42-7 last year.

They scored 49 points against Camp Hill both seasons.

You get the point ... numbers can be fun.

What would be more fun would be another run to the state championship game, and then to bring a win home the short distance from Hersheypark Stadium.

We aren’t trying to pressure these young men. We already are proud of them and will continue to be so regardless of the outcome Friday night and moving forward in the playoffs.

But we know what kind of excitement last year’s run brought to the area. 

We would love to see it again.

To head coach Brett Myers, the entire staff, the players, support crew, band, cheerleaders, parents and anyone else connected to the program: Good luck on Friday.

Remember, this is a home game. Kickoff vs. Bermudian Springs at War Memorial Field is at 7 p.m. Come out and support the team.

Remember: There’s nothing greater than to be a Blue Raider.

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