HERSHEY, Pa (WHTM) — You hear it so often in sports interviews, many athletes consider the team they belong to as an extension of their family, especially in football. And for Hershey, they are still trying to find that bond.

The Trojans finished last season 1-9 overall, but they gained experience, are a veteran group returning nine starters on each side of the ball, and now it’s time to build unbreakable chemistry.

“We need to start trusting each other, we need to build ourselves more as a team,” said Hershey senior quarterback Daniel Painter. “This senior class that we are coming up with, we’ve been through it all together. We started out since like third grade and we just really need to build on each other and trust each other’s abilities.”

That bond doesn’t come instantly, it will continue to develop throughout the season for Hershey as they begin their 2022 season on the road against Gettysburg.

Full Interviews

Watch Hershey head coach Mark Painter and players Daniel Painter and Josh Wilson discuss the upcoming season for the Trojans.

Friday Night Football returns for its 26th season on abc27. Started in 1997 by longtime abc27 Sports Director Gregg Mace, FNF was the first of its kind in Central PA.

Back in 2018, the show was expanded to 45 minutes of highlights, analysis and reaction. It remains the longest show in the Midstate highlighting high school football for thirteen weeks of the season.

You can watch abc27 Friday Night Football starting at 11:15 p.m. each Friday night on television, or on the web on our Watch Live page. Allie BerubeNick Petraccione, Jared Phillips and John Repetz break down the best games in the area, bring you closer to the action and give you a comprehensive look at the Mid Penn Conference, Lancaster-Lebanon League and YAIAA each week.