There were some bumps in the road, but the IHSAA has made it to the 9th and final regular season week of High School Football. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, most teams around the state have been able to handle testing, social distancing, and less attendance at games with little to no issues.
Bob Lovell, the Hall-of-Famer and host of Indiana Sports Talk, made his weekly appearance on The Ride with JMV to give his thoughts as we get ready for the IHSAA State Tournament.
“We’ve been lucky,” Lovell said. “Around 140 schools have had to cancel or postpone a game out of around 390. That’s not bad. But as we get in the tournament, if you have some (COVID) positivity on the team, you’re probably not going to play and if you don’t you’re finished with the season.”
The State Tournament will begin next Friday, October 23. The setup will have all schools from Class 1A through 4A playing next week. The lone game from Class 5A on Friday will be Decatur Central versus Terre Haute North. All teams in Class 6A will start their tournament run on October 30.
“I would think you are always in jeopardy (with COVID) the way this situation seems to be,” Lovell added. “It’s a crucial time for everyone in terms of being able to play.”
Tournament games will be played through November 27 and 28, when the State Championships are held at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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