by Mike Betz
Central Dauphin football made their way back to Landis Field with a big Mid-Penn Commonwealth game against the Harrisburg Cougars, but these players were playing for something greater than just a divisional win.
Friday, October 2, Rams football players Reid Albright, Mike Betz, Steven Veronikis, Eamon Blythe, Mitchell Nice, Phil Petrina, and David Payton were playing the game for more than just a win they were playing for a mother and her son, a soldier that served in the military and lost their life.
The program that the Rams were working with is called the American Gold Star Mothers. This foundation is where mothers that have lost their son in battle or after their service can join. Susan, from Gold Star Moms said, “We chose the Rams to do this with after I was sitting in my living room and you guys were there too as I saw they were on the news for their great work in the community while they were at the nursing home.”
The players each got assigned a soldier and a mom that they played for in their honor.
After talking to Reid Albright, one of the players selected to play in honor of a lost soldier, he expressed, “It is beyond an honor to be able to play for a Soldier that put his life on the line to keep our freedom in our country. On Friday night we [had] a big game but even something more big is we are going to get the win for these mothers and soldiers that have fought for us.”
Prior to the game, these seven players along with Coach McNamee were in the studio with Bob 94.9 and talked about the importance it was to be playing in the game that friday night. During this interview Phil Petrina stated that, “We have a lot to play for tomorrow night and we will do whatever we have to do to get the win and enjoy it with the moms and honor the soldiers that we are playing for.” Then later he said, “ We will be meeting the moms tonight after practice for the first time.”
The Rams faced a big challenge in the Cougars, but perhaps knowing they were playing for more than just a win inspired the team, as CD walked away with a massive 50-6 victory.