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York High, York Catholic teams choose to embrace bad weather on football Friday nights

York Catholic quarterback Wes Burns admitted that he hopes it’s 72 degrees and sunny every Friday night during football season.

While the undefeated Irish employ a run-heavy offense, the senior signal caller is having an impressive season, completing just under 70 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns vs. one interception.

Burns knows, however, that Mother Nature doesn’t care what he wants.

He also knows that bad weather, like the near-flood-level rainfall that was poured on York County last Friday, benefits the defensive-minded Irish.

“We embrace whatever the conditions are going to be,” Burns said. “We aren’t going to be scared of the rain. We get to roll around in the mud and win games, hard-nosed and physical.”

With buckets of rain being dropped at York Catholic, the Fighting Irish (11-0) defeated Steel-High 21-0 in the District 3 Class 2-A semifinals. Unlike many other programs in the area, the Irish still sport a traditional grass field, which Burns said was turned into a mud pit on Friday.

“I think it does benefit us,” said Burns, who ran for a touchdown in the victory. “There have been several games where we played in the rain: Trinity, (York) Tech, Bermudian (Springs), Susquehannock. We’ve been in a lot of conditions. We’ve been running well, and we have a physical defense.”

York High welcomes heavy rain: 

In downtown York, where 2.6 inches of rain was dropped during the two-hour Class 5-A first-round game between York High (10-1) and Northern York, the Bearcats also took the bad conditions in stride. The defense allowed only seven points, and Dayjure Stewart ran for a district playoff record 486 yards and four touchdowns on 39 carries in the Bearcats’ 42-7 win.

“I think the way you’re successful as a football program is you have to have the mentality that nothing is going to bother you,” York High head …READ MORE>>>> LINK

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