Jersey Shore football coach Tom Gravish reacts to PIAA’s decision

The PIAA stated Friday during its meeting that it will be delaying the start of the fall season until Aug. 24. Originally, it was set to begin Aug. 10.

The meeting came after Gov. Tom Wolf recommended Thursday postponing fall sports until Jan. 1, 2021. The PIAA will also reconvene on Aug. 24 to discuss further fall sports after having talks with the governor and the Departments of Health and Education.

Jersey Shore coach Tom Gravish wasn’t concerned at all that the season would be canceled Friday.

“I don’t think they were gonna cancel, I don’t think that was going to happen (Friday). It’s possible it might not happen in fall, that’s quite possible, but there’s been a lot of tension,” Gravish said. ”This has been dragging for a month-and-a-half with someone making a decision.

“Just keeps getting pushed back, pushed back and in some regards its pushed back again. Just looking at some brief statements, there’s going to be some talks between PIAA and the governor’s office. They’re the guys that are in charge of youth at the state level and I’m sure they’ll make right decisions.”

Gravish stated that his Bulldogs are going to just prepare to “play when they say we’re going to play.”

Plain and simple, Gravish said the team is looking forward to playing football in 2020.

“I try not to get excited too much about things I can’t control as a football coach. I always tell my players that coaches coach, players play, trainers train and administrators do administrating,” Gravish said. “We’ll follow along and work with all those involved.”

Jersey Shore is coming off one of its best seasons in history. Last year, the Bulldogs — led by all-state quarterback Tanner Lorson – went an impressive 11-4 and appeared in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals where they lost to Dallas, 56-28.

Jersey Shore won a thriller in the state quarterfinals to Pottsville, 42-35, in triple overtime.

Lorson threw for 3,452 yards and 34 touchdowns. The team also had a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Lorson and Josh Malicky. Jersey Shore graduated those two however, in addition to standout receiver Stanton Westlin (1,169 yards, 12 TDs).

Jersey Shore does bring back Cayden Hess, who was second on the team with 926 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.


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