MOUNT CARMEL - Before the season officially begins on Friday, the Mount Carmel Aces held their annual Hilltop Hysteria to kickoff the season.

“It’s a really neat event,” said Mount Carmel coach Tyler Buss. “We wanted something to kind of kick the year off. It serves a lot of purposes. It gets the community fired up about the start of the season. It gets our guys in a game-like situation before the first real game.”

It’s the third year for the Hilltop Hysteria that features more than just a scrimmage.

“It’s mainly a fun event,” said Buss. “We like to include the crowd. We included the student body tonight. It’s just a fun night. We included the marching band and cheerleaders. Everybody got involved. We try and pack as much fun stuff into it as we could. It’s an event that keeps growing each year. We’re pretty proud of what this event has turned into.”

The junior varsity and varsity teams did scrimmage for two 12-minute quarters with the varsity squad winning the first and the junior varsity taking the second.

“It was about what you expect,” said Buss. “When it’s the first time you put the jerseys on and get out there under the lights you see a lot of sloppiness. Defensively, we’re not where we need to be at, but we knew that coming in. We have some work to do these next three to four days of practice.”

The Golden Aces open the season at Red Hill taking on Olney at 12:30 p.m. at the Capital Classic.

“We’re getting there,” said Buss. “It’s a group that’s going to take a while because we are so different. We’re going to play a lot differently than we did a year ago. It’s just going to take some time. There are a lot of bright spots. We’re excited to work hard next week and get ready to go down and hopefully win four ballgames at Red Hill on Friday and Saturday.

Most importantly, Buss says the day was about having fun and he believes that goal was accomplished.

“It was all about playing fast and playing with a lot of energy tonight,” said Buss. “We told them mistakes were fine tonight, but do them going full speed and fast. For the most part, I thought we did that.”

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