Column: If this is your house, we're content to go home

A few thousand people descended on Quarryville this evening expecting to see a football game. It was a rematch of two teams who, last year, went down to the wire with L-S ultimately emerging on top in the final seconds. Tonight should have been a chance for Solanco to redeem themselves, and L-S to retain its triumph.
Players take a knee before the game
Instead, even calling it a "football game" is charitable; simply put, the actions of some marred any chance at sportsmanship.

To quickly summarize the game, Solanco rushed its way to a victory -- on the field at least -- and won 42-14. For L-S, Bear Shank joined the 6000-yard club in the second quarter, and thus became one of just seven players to do so in Lancaster-Lebanon League history.

Other than that, the game was very much a sideshow. During the third quarter, Darren Metz was injured, and had to be removed from the field, immobilized in a stretcher, and on an ambulance. As the ambulance drove off the field, the Solanco student section erupted with a cheer of: "This is our house!"

This evening, our prayers are with Darren and his family. We hope the prayers of the Solanco student section are as well.

We will leave speculation of possible motives until a later time. Facts will come out, and until they do, and even when they do, the best reaction to the situation this evening is to pray for Darren.

We commend the L-S football team, led by Coach John Manion, for shaking hands with Solanco after the game.

And for this evening, we leave you with the words that close Romans 12:
"... give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.' To the contrary, 'if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.' Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
Editor's Note: This piece reflects the opinions of the listed author(s), and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the LSNews.org editorial board, its advisor, or the Lampeter-Strasburg School District.

--Benjamin Pontz, LSNews.org Editor-In-Chief and Kevin Reed, LSNews.org Football Reporter; Photos by Maya Pieters, LSNews.org Sports Photographer

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