The Kentucky High Football season was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, but now this Friday, it will finally begin with Owensboro taking on crosstown rival Apollo.
"Six or seven weeks ago, the outlook was anything but certain as to whether we'd get to play or not, at all," said Owensboro Head Coach Jay Fallin. "So, we just had some really great practices with a lot of enthusiasm and attention to detail."
I'm just ready," said Apollo Senior Harold Patterson. "The season got pushed way back and I'm just ready to play."
"All summer we've been iffy about playing football and now we finally know there's a game at the end of the week is really exciting," said Owensboro Senior Gavin Wimsatt.
For some, there was no worrying when the postponement was announced, however, others were fearful they might not get to play.
At first, I was a little bit worried, but I eventually realized there was going to be a plan for us to all work out together and football was going to come," said Apollo Senior Damian Lovinsky. "I knew there was a plan for that to all come."
"People were in your ear telling you the odds of not playing but I always felt this in me that we would get to play," said Owensboro Senior Austin Gough. "I just kept working so I was just focused on the game not what was going on outside of it."
For both players and coaches, keeping their seasons alive depends on the importance of holding each other accountable on and off the field.
"We just told our kids, let's don't go to all these places like our friend's house and stuff," said Apollo Head Coach John Edge. "Let's keep ourselves in a bubble with our player friends and we've just got to do the right things and realize we don't need to do anything that's going to jeopardize not only our season but the team as well."
You've got to make sacrifices for the team sometimes, you've just got to do it," said Wimsatt. "It's cool to hangout with around five, but don't hang around big crowds. Try to stay safe, wear your mask when you're out, just simple things."
"It's tough but I think they've done a great job so far," said Edge.