Cheering fans have their minds on this McCaskey-Reading High football game. The fans on the McCaskey sidelines, though, were trying to forget a shooting at their game last week against York High School in York.
"We heard shots," said Jon Mitchell, McCaskey's athletic director. "Everybody basically ran for cover. My first mindset was let's get these kids to safety."
Police said Stephon Brown, 16, of Reading, shot and wounded two men just outside Smalls Field. Brown is still on the loose, and he is considered by police to be armed and dangerous. He faces aggravated assault charges and more than 2,000 of reckless endangerment.
The shooting did not happen at McCaskey's field, and parents said they felt fine going to the game.
The stadium had a slight uptick in event staff, seen in fluorescent vests. They flanked the four armed police officers the school said are normally there.
"We did add two additional staff at the far end to make sure that we can man all our emergency exits," said Mitchell, "so that if anything does happen that requires us to evacuate, then we could get all of our gates open."
Even after the shooting and the bolstering of security, parents and faculty both said they just want to get their minds back to football.
"I don't think there's going to be any violence here tonight," said fan Patty Wright. "I think we're going to enjoy a great game."