The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 3, 2013

MIKE MASTOVICH | Berlin's Fochtman rushing into lead



Is it a date?: Berlin’s Paul said the Mountaineers might have a Week 9 opponent to replace Rockwood.

Attempts to schedule a home game against defending Class A state champion Clairton fell through, but Paul said a preliminary proposal to play WPIAL Jefferson-Morgan at the Snyder of Berlin Complex are on the table.

“Jefferson-Morgan, a Single-A District 7 school out of the Tri-County South Conference, is taking it to their school board,” Paul said. “They’re scheduled to play Geibel that week.”

Paul said there reportedly was uncertainty involving the Geibel game, which possibly would open the date for Jefferson-Morgan.

“Our football boosters have agreed to pay their transportation and feed them,” Paul said. “It’s not 100 percent. There’s still a chance it may fall through. They wanted to put a package together to take to their school board for approval. That would be a nice game for us heading into the playoffs.”

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Electric atmosphere: An estimated 1,300 fans attended the first night game in Thomas Yewcic Stadium history Friday as host Conemaugh Valley fell to Shade.

The Blue Jays might have lost on the scoreboard but won in the long run. That is, if the temporary portable lights opened some eyes to the possible benefits of playing on Friday nights.

“Everybody up here thought it was a resounding success,” Blue Jays coach Tom Marshall said. “We had the biggest crowd that ever saw a game up here at our field. Everybody couldn’t believe the atmosphere. Everything was great except that we lost.”

Marshall said talk already has surfaced about renting the portable lights again.

“They want to do it again because of the turnout and the comments that people made about how great the field looked and what a festive environment it was,” Marshall said. “People want to get it done again, but whether that’s this year or the beginning of next year is up in the air.”

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