Basketball season is four months away but Deer Lakes is celebrating Midnight Madness next week. It won’t be to open the basketball season but for the second year in a row, they will open the football season at midnight. Fall practices officially begin on Monday around the state of Pennsylvania for all fall sports. Deer Lakes will be on the field at 12:01 a.m. on Monday and will switch to a more traditional camp later that day.
Ford City will also put together a celebration this weekend to ring in the new football season. Ford City will hold a parade on Friday night, which includes live music and food.
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– Tom Reisenweber
For the second year in a row, the Deer Lakes football team plans to get an early jump on the season with its own version of “midnight madness.”
WPIAL teams are allowed to start holding mandatory practices in full pads Monday, and the Lancers plan to be on the field at 12:01 a.m.
Afterward, the team will resume a more traditional schedule during preseason camp.
“The kids loved it (last year),” coach Todd Hazlett said. “It’s a way of letting them know we’re not missing any opportunity to get better. Hopefully, it will set the tone again.”
The tone was set early last season, as Deer Lakes went on to secure the first WPIAL playoff berth in the team’s 42-year history.
Ford City kickoff
Ford City also likes to make an event out of the start of football season, and this year will be no different.
“Saber kickoff night” will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. A parade will go from the high school to the borough park.
There will be food and music, and Sabers’ gear will be available for purchase.
Training camp opens Aug. 15.