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Berks County's 'Backyard Brawl' 2017: By the numbers

Berks County's 'Backyard Brawl' 2017:...

READING, Pa. - In the hallways of Berks Catholic High School in Reading, Friday night plans were being made, and it seemed like everybody had the same idea.

"I was literally walking in the hallway and I just heard people say, "Are you going to the game? "Are you going to the game?" said Katie Morelli, a student at Berks Catholic.  

The game is the "Backyard Brawl" between two unbeaten teams -- Berks Catholic and Wyomissing.

"There are so many friendships that just cross between "Wyo" and Berks Catholic, it's a fun rivalry to have," explained Lauren Hughes, a fellow Berks Catholic student.

It's a matchup with a lot of history.

"We've had a number of them come down to the last game of the year," said Frank Ferrandino, Wyomissing's athletic director.

Speaking of numbers, in talking with those on both sides, they truly tell the story.  

"We have Senior Night, we have Homecoming, and the Backyard Brawl. Three big nights in one game," said Hughes.

"We've had the same staff for 20 to 30 to 35 years," said Dr. Corey Jones, Wyomissing's principal.

Not to mention, two storied coaches in Berks Catholic's Rick Keely and Wyomissing's Bob Wolfrum.

"Two very good teams, two coaches," said Jones.

It's a rivalry worthy of not just one trophy, but two.

"We have a Keely Wolfrum trophy between the two head coaches. The league championship is at stake, so there will be a league trophy as well," said Ferrandino.

Both trophies are important, but Berks Catholic has the former, and Frank Ferrandino and Wyomissing want it back.

"I think we're in a good position of understanding what needs to be done tonight and how well they have to play," Ferrandino said.


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