By Kaylee Lindenmuth
FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - The 2018 High School Football season kicked off Friday, with two northern Schuylkill teams on the road, while Loyalsock Township traveled from Lycoming County to face North Schuylkill.
The North Schuylkill side of Spartan Stadium was packed end-to-end for the home opener.
Preceding the game was a moment of silence, remembering Al Gursky and Chip Blair.
North Schuylkill took an early lead, scoring a touchdown with 9:10 remaining in the first. A field goal with 5:59 remaining in the first would give the Spartans a 10-0 advantage.
Loyalsock would answer shortly after, creating a 10-7 game entering the second quarter, though a diving touchdown by North Schuylkill's Zach Chowansky would answer. A failed PAT would give the Spartans the 16-7 advantage in the second.
North Schuylkill would add two more scores, including one as the half expired, to take a 29-7 lead into the second half.
Loyalsock answered in the third, slashing their deficit to eight points with 2:48 remaining in the third, though the Lancers fell short of closing the gap, as North Schuylkill extended their lead once again in the fourth quarter.
Two more scores in the third for North Schuylkill led to a final score of 42-21 for North Schuylkill.
Next week, North Schuylkill travels to Coal Township to face the Indians of Shamokin.
Northern Schuylkill's other two teams were in action Friday as well. Shenandoah Valley was on the road to Bucks County, facing Morrisville, a 41-8 loss for the Blue Devils. Mahanoy Area stayed within the county, facing Tri-Valley in Valley View, a 26-7 loss for the Golden Bears.