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‘The atmosphere is truly like no other’

PV sophomore describes his love for Indians' football

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‘The atmosphere is truly like no other’

Pascack Valley students and fans cheer at a recent football game.

Pascack Valley students and fans cheer at a recent football game.

Ariela Alfonso

Pascack Valley students and fans cheer at a recent football game.

Ariela Alfonso

Ariela Alfonso

Pascack Valley students and fans cheer at a recent football game.

Jared Shiffman, Sports Writer

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Football games have undoubtedly been an important and memorable part of my high school experience thus far.

Throughout the fall season, football games are a weekly occurrence at here Pascack Valley High School. Football plays a vital role as students from all grades join together to root for the Indians.

The feeling of hearing the whole school community cheer on their team is exhilarating. The atmosphere is truly like no other. In order to get the true feeling, you have to be there.

“[The games] create unity within the school as everyone is rooting for the same team,” senior Cole Matuszewski said.

I’ll never forget just how many people it takes to make these games as special as they are. The athletes, coaches, band members, cheerleaders, teachers, administrators, parents, students, and fans all play a part. The games are a time for the student body to take a break from their work and solely focus on having a fun time and rooting for PV.

PV football games allow students to feel comfortable at their high school and although not everyone may know each other, all are united as one Pascack Valley family.

“I usually end up standing next to people that I don’t normally hang out with,” said PV sophomore Lauren Van Horn. “And we bond over the game.”

Not only are the games fun and lift the spirits of the fans, but also those who are on the field. It seems as if our noise and energy from the bleachers inspires the players and helps them to succeed in the crucial moments.  

“The fans make the game. When the fans are hype, everyone is hype,” said wide receiver and defensive back Andrew Martinez. “[The fans] make me feel like there’s always someone watching me, which makes me go all out every play.”

Attending the Pascack Valley football games for the past two years have been an amazing experience. I’ve made countless memories up in the bleachers, and I know I will make more during the next two seasons. Although I will eventually graduate from Pascack Valley, I know that they will carry on with me forever.

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