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Peifer’s

pilgrimage

By

Joe

Guistina

The field looked different, that was for sure. Behind

him, a set of bleachers erected in 1998 transformed

David Person Field into one of the nicest facilities in the

small college football arena. Underneath him, the turf

surface replaced the grass in 2012. But there was also no

doubt that Peifer felt right at home.

Familiar faces soon gathered around him — his

teammate Mike Clark ’93, now the head coach of the

Warriors, dropped over to congratulate him before

Steve Wiser ’74 and Mike Weber ’89, longtime defensive

om Peifer ’95 walked along the edge of David Person Field, watching as the

Lycoming College football team practiced. If you looked closely enough into the

sunglasses that covered his face, you could see the pride and the memories flash

through them — Middle Atlantic Conference Championship seasons in 1991 and 1992,

NCAA Championship victories, the three touchdowns that he scored for the Warriors.

coaches for the Warriors, briefly left their huddles to seek

out the returning former player. Joe Lumbis, the long-

serving equipment manager, even wandered over to wish

him good luck.

As the whistles blew and footballs flew through the

air during the training camp workout, Peifer, an

offensive coordinator at Red Land High School and

a school nurse in the West Shore School District,

exclaimed that he was missing his own team’s camp and

he needed a football fix.

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