YORK, Pa.-- The York High Bearcats were back in action Saturday for their first home game since September 9th. On that evening, a shooting took place in the parking lot outside Small Field, during the fourth quarter of their game against J.P. McCaskey.
The York City School Board decided earlier this week to move all their home games to Saturdays for the remainder of the football season.
"More cameras, more sound systems," school board president Margie Orr said. "We brought in a city police officer and a sheriff's deputy to patrol the parking lot and all the other areas that aren't covered."
She said the measure was to ensure everyone stays safe and the atmosphere is enjoyable. Fans on their way in to the stadium said they were looking forward to Saturday's game.
"Today is our first Saturday game of the year and we're excited to be here to support our music and athletic departments," band parent Brunilda Hopkins said.
A few hundred people sat in the stands of Small Field to cheer on York High. It had all the feeling of a Friday night game, it just happened to be on Saturday afternoon.
Fans said they are trying to look past the violence that happened on that Friday night. They it was a tragic event to happen outside a high school sporting event, but they can't change that. They said this team can serve as a rallying cry for the community to come together to move on.
"You can see by the stands today, York High is strong," alumnus Robert Williams said.
"It's about the kids, and it's about the village," Hopkins said. "It takes a village to raise them, so we're here to support them."
Orr said the school board will look into the possibility of moving the games back to Friday nights next season.