PITTSBURGH — The area is just about a month away from the kickoff of the 2020 high school football season, but what will games look like for players, coaches and fans?
“If it’s status quo, that’s great. Then it’s a full season, but we know there’s a chance that may not happen,” said North Allegheny football coach Art Walker. “It’s very difficult because it’s a contact sport. There’s going to be collisions and proximity and all that stuff.”
At Pine Richland, the team was working out with players keeping their distance. For seniors like John Swisher, this season is his last chance to get to the next level.
“I feel like this could be an opportunity for me to get a scholarship and or get a position in college,” he said.
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“We’ve been working since March, February. If that’s taken away, I mean, all that hard work was for nothing,” said senior linebacker Luke Miller.
Will fans be allowed in the stands? Alternative plans for games include livestreaming them or limiting ticket sales. Coaches have said there is talk of a shortened or delayed season, and having a travel squad with specific players taken to away games to limit the number of people.
The PIAA is moving ahead with fall sports. A spokesperson sent Channel 11 a statement saying in part, “August 10 will be the start of heat acclimatization for football and August 17 will be the start of the remainder of fall sports.”
A board meeting will be held Wednesday, and coaches expect some major decisions to be made about the fall sports schedule.
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