Wiregrass high school teams adjust to COVID-19 guidelines

Geneva head football coach Les Sanders
Geneva head football coach Les Sanders(WTVY)
Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 8:36 PM CDT
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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) - People all across the globe have had to make adjustments due to the ongoing pandemic and that is the same case for high school football coaches and players here in the Wiregrass.

Friday was the second half of the annual High School Football Media Day as coaches discussed the upcoming 2020 season, if one does indeed happen.

New Rehobeth football coach Pate Harrison is not as positive as he once was that the football season will go on.

“If you would have asked me a month ago, I would have said we would have played football no matter what, but now I don’t know,” said Harrison. “I would be worried if we had a season. I know everyone else is like, ‘No, we’re going to play.' With the state mandating mask wearing this week, with other options going on, I truly believe we’ll probably get started. If we have another wave of the virus, they’re liable to stop.”

Another new head coach, Carroll’s Patrick Plott, says his entire staff has made the adjustment to the new guidelines and are eager to start the season.

“It’s been different with the pandemic,” said Plott. “We can’t get as close as we need to to really do football stuff. For the most part, our kids have handled it well. Our coaching staff has handed it well. We’re just doing what we’re able to do to get ready to play.”

It hasn’t been the easiest adjustment for the players or coaches.

These new guidelines have taken some time, and effort, to get used to.

“Everyday is taxing for everybody,” said Geneva head coach Les Sanders. “There’s no finger pointing. Nobody to blame. Mentally and physically, it’sjust taxing. When they come in the gate, you have to do this. It’s 30-40 minutes before we get them in stretch lines. Don’t be near this guys bottle. At the end of everyday, after our staff meeting, we go, ‘We have to do this again tomorrow.’

The AHSAA is set to hold a meeting with its Central Board on Wednesday to present the best practices for resuming play.

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