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The year was 1997. Two men that loved high school sports met to discuss the possibility of developing a high school football newspaper that would, in essence, cover the entire state of Pennsylvania.

The two men, Tom Elling and Rich Vetock, counted on their knowledge and involvement with high school sports to get the newspaper off the ground. While they lacked expertise in putting a paper together, they forged on, learning as they went.

It was in the same year that the Pennsylvania Football News newspaper was developed and while in the infancy stages, it was very well-received by the coaches across the state and the fans that followed high school football. It was the first high school football newspaper to be published in the Keystone State! The late Dr. Roger Saylor called the PFN collaboration as ‘THE unification of the entire state of Pennsylvania high school football.’

The hard copy newpaper (which was adopted by the PSFCA as their OFFICIAL newspaper) continued for 7 years before the age of computers warranted a move from the hard copy to internet publishing. This continued through 2013. It was then the the two men decided that after 17 years, it was time to turn the reins over to Chris Kucharski. Chris kept the site going until June of 2018, when he decided He “just didn’t have time to dedicate myself to growing it.” It was then that Billy Splain took the site over; “I believe I have the passion for high school football and the drive to build on what every before me created.”

Tom and Rich have met many outstanding people throughout their endeavors and will always be beholding to the contributors, coaches, fans and student-athletes for the cooperation that they provided over the years.

Tom and Rich will stay involved with the site and have each been given the title of Editor Emeritus.