It was an odd sight at Monday’s first day of high school football practices.
There was a boy carrying a set of Biglerville High football pads and a jersey numbered 66 up the hill toward the practice field. The oddity was that the pads and jersey seemed about as big as the boy himself.
But that work is part of Brady Wilt’s role as a manager for the football team, a side job which seems far away from his other role for Canner Nation as one of the region’s leading distance runners.
Wilt estimates that, since the end of track season, he has covered 1,200 miles, including appearances in some community footraces. That kind of work has kept him sharp with the high school cross country season approaching.
That season begins Aug. 31, when Biglerville enters the Spartan XC Kick-Off Invitational at 4:30 p.m.
And that causes a problem. You see, Wilt also carries the Biglerville flag as the football team enters the field. He said he will have to rush back to Musselman Field to perform that duty when the Canners oppose James Buchanan at 7 p.m.
So he has to run … and then run some more with flag in hand. Sounds about typical for someone comfortable with life at a fast pace.