On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 17, the Golden Bears met the perennial powers in Red Rose League play, the Manheim Township Eagles. The Bear A team and D team happily returned home with victories while the B and C teams fought hard, but lost.
The first game featured a repetition of last year's Red Rose finals, with this game as hard hitting as the one in 05. Coach Ralph Williams knew this would be one of his toughest obstacles in his quest to retain the Championship trophy and his boys did not let him down. The hitting was intense but Oxford had the one and only score and with an added two points won the classic battle, 8-0
The B team faced the reigning Red Rose champs at that level, and it appears the Manheim boys are on their way to another Crown, in that the Bears were not in this one and succumbed by a 28-0 score
The C game again featured last year's Red Rose finalists against Marty Sessa's Oxford youngsters. The Eagles continued their winning ways but had to fight hard to subdue the Bears in this close 8-0 encounter.
The final game went Oxford's way with the Bears taking this contest by a 12-6 score. What is amazing about the Bears D squad is that with only 15 participants, it is the smallest D club Oxford has had in years. But this little group of youngsters are great fighters and under the tutelage of head coach Shannon Ryan are destined to go far.
This Saturday evening the Bears entertain Warwick from the Lititz area. The Bear D team will open the night's activities with kickoff starting at 4 p.m. All four games should be exciting. Fans are invited to come out to enjoy the games and cheer on the Golden Bears.