PALO CEDRO, Calif. – It's a return to the football field for the foothill high school cougars. Varsity, Junior Varsity, and freshmen teams started their first day of football practices.
Players excited to return to the field after so many months.
For many players, playing football is important. It’s something they’ve been waiting to play for so long.
“I’m feeling good,” said Eric Roberts, a senior on the varsity team. “It's a beautiful day and it's good to be out here playing football. This wasn't offered to us. This wasn't a given. It's just good to be out here, good to have this opportunity.”
But while players are out on the field, they have to wear masks and social distance as much as they can.
Several athletes said they don't mind the protocols that are in place, just as long as they can play.
Not playing for months was painful for both players and Head Coach Joey Brown. Brown said the return of football makes his players feel more motivated.
“We have a couple of kids working hard to stay eligible despite all of the obstacles and this gives them one more incentive,” explained Brown. “It also gives them a group of about 15 coaches that are here to support them and help them improve their grades. It gives them something to work for.”
Foothill High School is working on a tentative six-game schedule.
The Cougars have a game scheduled against Lassen High School, which will be played on March 19. Both players and coaches will be tested three days before the game.