Back-to-School: Playing high school sports during a pandemic

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — For several months, high school athletes across the Mid-South didn’t know if they were going to be able to play this fall.

Things changed and a lot of sports have already kicked off their season, like football.

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Michael Dallas is the senior quarterback for Briarcrest Christian School.

Dallas told FOX13 he couldn’t imagine not playing his senior season.

“It was going to be very hard not to play senior year especially for some of these guys,” Dallas said. “We’ve worked so hard day-in-day-out.”

Sporting events during a pandemic look different.

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Arlington High School played football with very little fans in the stand. Some schools are limiting spectators to just two per player.

“Fans or no fans, the boys will enjoy playing football together,” said Arlington head football coach Adam Sykes.

In Mississippi, high school sports will resume, but with a lot fewer fans with only two spectators per player allowed and not every student will be allowed to attend games.

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For an indoor sporting event, face masks are required.

Brian Stewart is the head football coach for Briarcrest Christian School.

He told FOX13 that sports play a key role in a student’s time in high school.

“That’s physical health, that’s mental health, that’s social health,” Stewart said. “They need that.”

The Shelby County Health Department has been adamant that it’s still not safe to play contact sports. Stewart thinks otherwise.

“We’re doing everything we can, following every procedure and protocol possible to be able to do that,” he said. “From the way that we come into the locker room. We only let about 5 to 10 kids in at a time and then you have to be masked up. Everything that we’re doing outside as far as how we water the kids, take care of them, how we practice, everything we’re doing in our school system, it’s all by the letter.”

For now, every coach and athlete will bask in the opportunity to play sports.