This year’s Tri-County All-Star Football game was unfortunately cut short at halftime because of a medical crisis involving a spectator.
Lancaster had gained a comfortable lead over Lebanon/Berks in this annual sports event before it was interrupted.
An unidentified person was carefully carried away from the scene on a stretcher. As of now, we don’t have any updates on their health condition.
Friday night was packed with excitement at Elden Rettew Stadium, Manheim Central High School, where the much-anticipated Tri-County/L-L League All-Star Football Game was taking place.
However, the evening had a surprising twist. The annual gathering was abruptly suspended when the Lancaster County All-Stars were ahead of the Berks/Lebanon All-Stars by 14-0 at halftime.
“We called the coaches and talked about it and pretty much the right thing was probably not to continue,” said Mike Williams, retired Manheim Central football coach and a Manheim Touchdown Club official. “We went and talked to the team and within a short period of time, they came and said we’re closing it down. We had a great crowd and a good football game, but there comes a time when sports take the back seat.”
In the midst of the prolonged pause, athletes from both sides congregated in the heart of the field, engaging in a communal prayer.
“I’m proud of the coaches and I’m proud of the players for their reaction,” Williams said. “These are kids and they knew what the right thing to do was. So did the head coaches.”