Fire destroys football equipment at Archbishop Wood high school


WARMINSTER, Pa. (WPVI) – What appeared to be just a small, smoldering fire inside Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Pa. On Tuesday ended up being a serious preseason setback for the soccer.

It turns out that the fire started inside the program warehouse and, in the end, all of the football team‘s equipment was destroyed.

Helmets, shoulder pads, play pants, training shirts … everything.

We spoke with some of the players’ parents who said the news was heartbreaking.

“It’s sad for the kids, you know they all work really hard and this stuff just hit them out of the blue,” said Steve Cantwell.

“It wasn’t something anyone could have predicted, and we were only weeks away from distributing the equipment as is normal protocol,” said Maureen Murt.

Archbishop Wood has one of the best football programs in Pennsylvania, winning five state titles in the past seven years.

They are expected to have new equipment in time for the start of the regular season, but have already been forced to give up a scheduled seven-on-seven scrum in which helmets are required.

It also comes just months after longtime head coach Steve Devlin resigned to become Ursinus College’s defensive coordinator.
Either way, some of the players say the plan, to win three state titles in a row for the first time in school history, remains unchanged.

“We’re just going to do whatever we can right now, and that’s all we can do. That’s all we can control right now, ”said quarterback Jack Colyer.

“We want to win these first four games. Of course, these are tough games. We want to beat Prep and LaSalle and we want to be the first team to treble. That’s our goal, ”said senior Connor Bishop.

Investigators say it appears faulty wiring was behind the blaze. A criminal act is not suspected.

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