by Ryan Elliott
The Central Dauphin Rams honored a gigantic senior class of thirty-one players on October 30th at Landis Field. It was senior night for the green and white and a symbolic game for a successful group of kids on and off the field. Central Dauphin (8-1) took on the Huskies of Mifflin County, a struggling team that has yet to win a single game this season.
Normally, senior night is the players’ last game at their home stadium. However, that is not the case for the Rams. November 6th they play rival team East at Landis Field, but will play as the visiting team. Then, they will host at least one playoff game at Landis. You might think that the players’ would be less excited for Senior Night then, right? Wrong. The thirty-one seniors couldn’t wait to be honored and play side by side with one another.
It was obvious that Central Dauphin would easily win the game, meaning all seniors will get in. With a stacked roster and tons of competition at each position, a lot of seniors do not play much if at all. Next friday will be a great opportunity for the guys’ that have worked just as hard behind the scenes to shine. It will also represent all that the group has done together throughout the years.
Many of the seniors have been playing together since youth football. Whether they played for the Holy Name Jets or Linglestown Colts, the majority of guys won a championship together in middle school. They’ve also broken countless records for community service and weight-lifting.
“I was really excited for this group of young guys to be honored for all the work they’ve put in through the weight room, classroom, community and on the field,” said kicking and weight-training coach Denny Duttenhoffer.
I also spoke with junior quarterback AJ Millar about the upcoming game. He said, “We really wanted to come out and do our best for the seniors because unlike me, this is their last year of football for many of them.”