Colerain senior linebacker Michael Bess Jr. simply can’t wait to take the field this Friday night. There is a natural anticipation for any high school football player preparing for the bright lights of the season opener in late August. But, this season as we all know is happening under unique circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’re very hungry especially with all this corona happening, Bess said. We’re just very impatient ready to get onto the field and ready to hit somebody. That’s certainly the case for over 600 teams who plan to participate in 11-player football this fall in Ohio. There is so many states not playing football and I’m just humbled and blessed to get this opportunity,” Lakota West senior linebacker Jackson Kuwatch said. “I know everyone in that locker room feels the same way.
Unique isn’t a strong enough description of this summer where teams received the green light just 10 days before the start of the season. To be honest, turbulent might be an accurate description,” Colerain coach Shawn Cutright said. Colerain, winners of 20 consecutive Greater Miami Conference titles, will open the season against Lakota West at 7 p.m. Friday at Cardinal Stadium.
Yet, the pageantry around the stadium, where fans typically line the fence and wait in line for concession options in an otherwise heavily anticipated match-up, won’t accompany this Friday night.