In a season that has been uniquely unlike any other, last friday, the owensboro football team advanced to the state semifinal without even taking the field, as their opponent fairdale had to cancel the game due to a positive covid test, and the red devils are using that as a learning experience.
Red Devils Head coach Jay Fallin says "That's something that we've tried to keep in the forefront of our kids minds throughout the course of the season, the fact that, everything that they can do to limit their exposure, stay home, wear a mask, follow all public health and safety guidelines is going to give them a better opportunity of playing a full season, both individually and as a team. Very unfortunate circumstances for fairdale last week. We used it as a teaching opportunity for our kids to learn that it could be us next week.
We're all isolated, we've got every guy on board and i think that's a big reason we've gotten to play so many games this year, is everybody is tuned in and i think it's god's will that we're getting to play this week," explains Senior Linebacker Austin Gough.
Owensboro made it all the way to the semifinal last year before losing to Frederick Douglass, who just happens to be standing in their way once more.
Quarterback Gavin Wimsatt Jr. told 44News, "
That motivates us a lot, we definitely have a chip on our shoulder. We know it's going to be a game we know we're going to have to come out fighting and we know we're going to have to fight throughout the game.
Gough explains "It's just big getting to play in front of what fans we can have and it's just exciting to get to this point again. We work hard, everybody is here everyday. We've had great practices for the past four weeks and when we don't have games or when games get cancelled, we practice hard. And i think we deserve this chance and i think we'll execute."
The Red Devils will kick off their game against Frederick Douglass on Friday at 6 P.M. at Rash Stadium.