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A night at the drive-ins: a socially distanced way to enjoy Lancaster County high school football

As organizations conform to COVID-19 guidelines, Penn Cinema Drive-In is streaming the Manheim Township vs. La Salle College High school Friday night football game

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — A lot of people have been waiting for some Friday night high school football, but because of COVID-19 restrictions, many fans are not allowed to physically be at the games. 

One local theater decided to get creative.

The event was walk-up only, no vehicles.

Whether they were there for the Blue Streaks or the Explorers, everyone was there for one thing.

"We're here to watch some football," Becky Casey, a fan, exclaimed.

Manheim Township had the home field advantage over La Salle College High School. But their fans were not quite on the sidelines.

"I am watching my daughter cheerlead on the side of a building," Jill Kling, a parent, said. "My daughter is a cheer captain this year and I promised not to miss a game so I'm not missing it."

"We can't be together at the football field but we can be together here," Casey said.

A sign of the times and a sign of hope.

"It's like a step into getting back to normal and we get to see football games again," Natalie Kling, a student, said. "And they get to participate in them."

"It's different," Steve Grosh, another parent, said. "It's not quite the same as being at the stadium but it's still great."

And with the COVID-19 pandemic still very much a threat, in the face of insurmountable odds, tonight felt like a clutch victory, no matter what the scoreboard read at the end of the night.

"It's just being able to support our kids in some capacity," Jill said. "And allowing them to have experiences that are somewhat normal is why we're all here. We're all here for our kids. We support them, we love them, and we just want them to do well."