REEDSVILLE (WLUK) -- Reedsville entered the football season expecting to be better than 2019 but not really knowing how goo it could be.
As it turned out, the Panthers were really good, winning the Big East Conference with a 6-0 record and going 7-1 overall.
Unfortunately, the Panthers will not be able to play their Level 2 playoff game against Lourdes Academy due to a positive COVID-19 test that was announced Wednesday. Nonetheless, it was a successful season.
"I thought it was going to be hardly any of the season because I thought COVID would take it away," junior Brennen Dvorachek said. "I'm very grateful for that. Our team worked very hard this year.
"It's big for us (to win the conference title), we haven't had a lot of success in a while and it feels good. Just to bring that back to our school is really nice."
"We expected to be better than last year," coach Aaron Fredrick said. "I think winning conference was a surprise. I think we just gelled together. It seems week by week we've been getting closer together and becoming a closer unit which definitely helps on the field on Friday."
The Panthers were looking forward to a Level 2 rematch with Lourdes, which beat them last season. Reedsville was excited to be playing in the final game of the season and was treating it as a title game.
"You got to treat it as a championship game, it's the last game of the season," Dvorachek said. "If we don't treat it like that we're not going to practice like it's a hard game or whatever. We have to keep it in mind and it's our last game of the year."
"We know it's not for a state championship, but we're preparing like it's going to be one," Fredrick said.
The Panthers, unfortunately won't get that chance to play one more time.
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