William Penn football team thriving after near-extinction

A little more than midway through the high school football season, here’s a quick update on the William Penn football team.

William Penn’s Kelvin Nieves scores on a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game against Dallastown. The touchdown put William Penn on top, 29-22, erasing a 16-point halftime deficit.

You know, the team that was almost wiped out by the York City School District’s budget crunch in the spring. The team that was brainstorming fundraising opportunities to find a way to keep playing. The team whose players pleaded with school district officials to preserve the program, because it was their ticket to college.

With a 3-3 record, that team has already surpassed last season’s win total (2) and is facing a big matchup Friday night against YAIAA Division I foe Spring Grove (which is putting together a surprising season of its own).

The Bearcats team is coming together around senior Kelvin Nieves, who has emerged as the team’s heart-and-soul leader — both on the field and away from it. During a ceremony last May, Nieves made a plea to York City School District Superintendent Deborah Wortham to keep sports at the school. “That’s my way out,” Nieves said then.

Over at GameTimePA.com, reporter John Clayton checks in with the feisty William Penn squad, which has steadily improved in the first six weeks of the season.

A season that almost didn’t happen at all.

About Jessica Sprenkle

At night, I'm an assistant sports editor at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. During the day, I live in and love York City.
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