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Franklin Regional traditional dinner is a staple in Murrysville

Written by: on Sunday, September 1st, 2013

franklin_regionalThe Thursday Night dinner has been a tradition for the players to go and have dinner at a local restaurant for many years. The coaches pick the captains and give a pep talk about the upcoming game. “Every Thursday night we have a dinner after practice for the players. I let the kids know who the captains are going to be before each Friday game.” said head coach Greg Botta.

“I use a strict criteria for selecting captains each week. It’s based on the performance in the game each week. The first captains were picked based on how they did in camp.”

The player of the week is announced and presented with a plaque every Thursday night and then they all eat and watch game highlight films. “We talk about keys to victory. I name players of the game for the week before and I give them a plaque. I put a highlight tape from previous years. I try and make it like a college atmosphere.”

“I have been doing this for about 15 years. We have been rotating around Murrysville for many years.” The Italian-American Club in Export host the team each week. They have good food and big screens and everything we need.”

“We have great support every year from our community.”

The first game of the year Adam Mihoci, Colin Jonov, Charan Singh and Kevin Slezak were named captains of their team.

They won, defeating Mars 20-13 Friday night. Leading the way on defense was Colin Jonov. He had three interceptions, eight tackles and seven solo tackles.

One thing for sure, this Thursday night a new group of players will find out they are captain of the week.

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One Response to “Franklin Regional traditional dinner is a staple in Murrysville”

  1. MARY EMANUELE says:

    I would like to have a copy of this article in its above format if possible. How could I obtain a copy of just the article as posted with the artwork, etc.?

    We appreciate the support! It is a wonderful tradition that Coach Botta upholds and the players love it!
    Here is the article we are seeking:

    EasternPAFootball.com – Your source for High School Football in Eastern PA

    Franklin Regional traditional dinner is a staple in Murrysville
    Written by: David Mika on Sunday, September 1st, 2013

    The Thursday Night dinner has been a tradition for the players to go and have dinner at a local restaurant for many years. The coaches pick the captains and give a pep talk about the upcoming game. “Every Thursday night we have a dinner after practice for the players. I let the kids know who the captains are going to be before each Friday game.” said head coach Greg Botta.

    “I use a strict criteria for selecting captains each week. It’s based on the performance in the game each week. The first captains were picked based on how they did in camp.”

    The player of the week is announced and presented with a plaque every Thursday night and then they all eat and watch game highlight films. “We talk about keys to victory. I name players of the game for the week before and I give them a plaque. I put a highlight tape from previous years. I try and make it like a college atmosphere.”

    “I have been doing this for about 15 years. We have been rotating around Murrysville for many years.” The Italian-American Club in Export host the team each week. They have good food and big screens and everything we need.”

    “We have great support every year from our community.”

    The first game of the year Adam Mihoci, Colin Jonov, Charan Singh and Kevin Slezak were named captains of their team.

    They won, defeating Mars 20-13 Friday night. Leading the way on defense was Colin Jonov. He had three interceptions, eight tackles and seven solo tackles.

    One thing for sure, this Thursday night a new group of players will find out they are captain of the week.



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