It's an exciting night for the Henderson County High School Colonels, as athletes, coaches, and fans alike prepare for Friday night's game against the Hopkinsville varsity football team.
The question on the minds of high school sports fans all summer is whether or not they'd be able to see their favorite teams play, breathing a sweet sigh of relief with KHSAA's decision to allow the fall-favorite sport to start this week.
Although Kentucky's governor voiced his disagreement with the athletic association's decision, he allowed the decision to stand - giving athletes across the Commonwealth the chance to make their mark on the field.
While COVID-19 hasn't put a stop to Henderson County High School's fall football plans, the school has still put new safety guidelines in place for the safety of the athletes, coaches, and fans.
Everyone entering a HCHS venue will have their temperatures taken and masks will be required at all times, both inside and outside of the school's venues. Refusal to wear a mask will also lead to removal from the venue.
Families can sit together - but only on the bleachers - no more standing along the fence line, unless visiting the restroom or concession stand.
Even if there's a big win to celebrate, fans have been asked to immediately exit the venue after the final score.
Henderson County Head Football Coach Josh Boston says the regulations are important, and something that his athletes have taken to heart.
"They’ve come out and they’ve done the things that they were asked to do," Coach Boston said. "They’ve done all the mask stuff, they’ve done all the regulation and the guidelines and things like that. So now they get that opportunity because they’ve done things responsibly."
The Colonels are set to play in Hopkinsville at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11.