"It took me a second to realize that this is actually happening, that we are actually having a season because for awhile, it was debatable," said Henderson County Senior Colton Evans.
"I was really happy and relieved," said Henderson County Senior Ben Dalton. "There was a lot of anxiety leading up to it, whether we were going to play or not, and just hearing the news. The vote to play was 13 to 5 or a little more than that, and we have the support of the state."
Official practices will begin on Monday, as football teams will be putting on pads for the first time with competition only 18 days away.
"Everybody's in the same boat," said Henderson County head coach Josh Boston. "Everybody in the state of Kentucky puts on a helmet on Monday. Because of that, it doesn't hurt us as much, whereas if we were playing an Indiana school whose had full pads on for a month now, it would be different."
"Exciting is an understatement," said Dalton. "For me and all the other seniors, this is what we worked for in the off-season and all summer long, even with restrictions. We've been playing this game since we were little kids. We love to get the pads on and we are really excited to have them on."
"We get to hit and we get to play football," said Evans. "It's really exciting because it is a game that you love."
Though other options asked for a delay in the start of fall sports, coaches and athletes are ready to move forward.
"I think that we are making the right decision to play as soon as we can and I'm excited for it," said Dalton.
"We have to get going eventually, and it's better to dip our toes in the water and see how it is instead of living in fear," said Evans. "You have to go out there and trust your religion and trust God and trust protocols that have been put in place to help you."