Cedar Cliff And Penn Manor In GIFT Rematch

Cedar Cliff And Penn Manor In GIFT Rematch

Friday Night Lights is a common term in the world of high school American Football. Long before spawning a book, a movie and a television series, it described the excitable gathering of sporting devotees across the nation on fall evenings, faithfully cheering on the pride of their community. A year ago, thousands of miles from the home of that iconic scene, Dublin Friday Night Lights captured the imagination of intrigued local sports fans and served up a classic encounter befitting the American tradition. The Global Ireland Football Tournament – GIFT 2014 – welcomed two Pennsylvania teams, Penn Manor and Cedar Cliff, to the University College Dublin Bowl. There, they kicked off the 2014 campaign in a competitive regular season game played on overseas soil – under Friday Night Lights. This week, the teams will meet again on more familiar territory to open their 2015 season, Penn Manor playing host. So it seems fitting that as the new look website GlobalFootball.com celebrates the successes of some of the athletes and coaches who have at some point crossed paths with Global Football during the past twenty years, we should feature this great rivalry. Twelve months ago in Dublin, Penn Manor emerged as 27-20 winners over Cedar Cliff. Quarterback Tanner Erisman guided the Comets to victory under head coach Todd Mealy. The game was a new experience for Colts head coach Colin Gillen, who took charge of his first game at Cedar Cliff and for sophomore quarterback Grant Breneman, who started under center for the first time. Sports Illustrated recognized Erisman for his performance, selected as one of the magazine’s Faces In...