(9-9-21) When the 2021 football season was starting many thought it was time to get back to normal after last season’s battle with COVID 19…a regular schedule against local and conference rivals. Little did many ADs or coaches think that it would be a year like last year…cancellations, hurry up and find a replacement. 2021 seems to be a repeat of all of what 2020 was.

This example is just one of many taking place today around the state.

Saturday (9-11-21) Liberty-Benton will host Wilmington Area (Pennsylvania)…a high school football game scheduled just two days before it was to be played.

The desire to play by both schools to find an opponent proves the love of the game for both sides…the two schools most likely had never heard of the other until this week.

You can follow what path both schools have gone thru this week….

New Castle (Pa) News – September 8thWilmington finds a football opponent for Friday

The Greyhounds had their regularly scheduled game, set for Friday at 7 p.m. at Oil City, canceled because of an outbreak of COVID in the Oilers’ program. That cancellation was announced Monday night.

Tuesday, Wilmington thought it had locked up a replacement when it announced a game against St. Thomas Aquinas, which is based in Louisville, Ohio. The game was set for 7 p.m. Friday on the Knights’ home field.

Thursday morning on the Wilmington HS Football Facebook page –

For Wilmington Area…they would end up playing the Eagles after two cancellations…that is something they will never forget.

A look at the two teams –

Liberty-Benton – members of the Blanchard Valley Conference

The Eagles will play week four and enter the game with a 2-1 record.

  • W – Leipsic 14-0
  • L – Archbold 44-14
  • W – Arlington 41-6

Wilmington Area – a part of District 10 Region 4

The Greyhounds will play just their 2nd game of the season and are 1-0, they had a bye wee last week.

  • W- Reynolds 50-0
  • 9/3 Bye week

It has been quite a week for Liberty-Benton and Wilmingtona Area.