Voskuhl Still In Charge—But Only on Fridays

The former Bel Air High School principal ended a seven-year hiatus Friday as a Harford County high school football referee.

Less than eight months as principal, Joseph Voskuhl is still enforcing the rules.

But this time it’s on the instead of the .

The longtime Public Schools educator returned to the gridiron Friday for the Joppatowne at varsity .

“It’s great to be out here,” Voskuhl said from the field before the matchup. “[It’s] a lot of fun. Very enjoyable.”

The former principal officiated Harford County high school games for 15 years until 2004, when his full-time principal duties were too much to juggle simultaneously. , Voskuhl is glad to be back under Friday night lights. But one place you won’t see him work this year is .

“I will not do any , nope. Probably for a couple years,” he said. “Not that I would be partial to them. It’s just a situation you don’t want to be in.”

What was once a release from academic duties is now something the retiree looks forward to, and hopes that more younger men will take on.

“It’s just doing the game for the kids. Trying to give them a good game 100 percent,” Voskuhl said. “I don’t even know who’s playing. One team in one jersey, one team in another jersey.”

Standing in his own zebra-striped uniform moments before kickoff, Voskuhl was feeling butterflies.

“Yeah, you know—a little nervous,” Voskuhl said. “[But] I’m ready to go.”


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