All-access, behind the scenes with the Lancaster football team

NEWARK — Ask any coach or player and they will tell you the locker room is kind of sacred ground. What goes on in there stays in there.

Before the game, at halftime, and after the game is a time when they are together as one, and people on the outside rarely get a chance to see or hear what happens on the inside, so when I brought up the idea of having all-access to the team during the Golden Gales’ game against rival Newark last week, I wasn’t sure what Lancaster head football coach Bryan Schoonover would say.

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It’s a big leap for coaches and the players to let someone in, but he was all for it and said he completely trusted in me, so thank you to Coach Schoonover, the assistant coaches, and the players. They were more than accommodating to me, and it was a great experience.

So, without further ado, here is my view on what I took in during the Gales’ thrilling 55-47 win over their rival Wildcats at White Field.

Before the game

I arrived at the stadium before the players got there. Several of the assistant coaches arrived before the team buses got there and started setting things up in the locker room. Once the bus arrived, coach Schoonover was the first off the bus, and the first thing that stuck out to me was how laser-focused he was.

I usually have small talk with him before games, but there was none of that, not on this night when playing a long-time rival. His face told the story. He was as focused as I have ever seen him.

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The players followed him into the locker room with their equipment bags and began to get dressed for the game. One of the first things they did was set up the largest boom box I have ever seen, and then the music…

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