|First home game 2012 crowd at Chester High|
If coach Ed Kloss's facts are correct that in the past three years 15 Chester High football players are playing college ball, that far outnumbers the basketball players that are playing college basketball despite all the state championships.
Can anyone name 15 Chester High basketball players on college teams right now?
Yet, the football program is in trouble as they were recently forced to cut their coaching staff and scrambled to get uniforms and equipment to outfit the team.
I spoke to an assistant coach about tryouts earlier this summer. I was wondering how many prospects get cut from the team before opening day. His surprising answer was that everyone who comes out makes the team. "There are not enough players to field a decent squad and our job is to identify the best players and do our best with them."
Even Chester's feeder football program, the Chester Panthers, have had a rough year as a recent letter has surfaced that brings attention to their challenges with equipment storage, bathroom facilities, and concession stand conditions, allegedly neglected and left in poor condition at Memorial Park by the City of Chester Department of Parks and Recreation.
I'm not much of a football fan and riding past the A-Field toward the end of the Chester vs Chichester game on Saturday indicates that there aren't too many other high school football fans in Chester either. The stands were empty.
Since the school board approved the Chester High football staffing at the start of the year, my only guess is the recent reduction of staff was decided by the new guy in charge of getting school district finances in order.
I'm not sure what the situation is at Memorial Park that's making it so hard for the youth football teams and their visiting teams to have a great experience when they come to Chester, but all signs lead to the elimination of football in Chester.
If it's getting our guys to college, you'd think that would be the sport our community would make sure that school district concentrates on.
Since my camera has been accused of lying, check out this video from the same game and tell me if you see any more people in the stands...Click HERE