Local high school football teams set to start practice
The FHSAA cancelled all spring sports due to the coronavirus pandemic, but summer is quickly approaching. Beginning, June 1st, football teams in the area will be allowed to start getting back into the swing of things.
According to the FHSAA, teams may practice, but may not gather in groups of ten or more, and are not allowed to wear helmets, pads, or play contact. Rutherford head football coach Loren Tillman says when the team meets, they will have their temperature taken when they walk in, and a member of the coaching staff will sign them in after.
We are going to start off lightweights, high reps. We'll run them and we will do football... We will do all that with the limitations that we have, the guidelines that we have. It'll be n small groups. It'll be with distance. We're going to try to teach them some football. The stuff that we would have been covering during the spring. We're going to be trying to get their conditioning back. Running and trying to get the soreness out of the muscles," said Tillman.
Coach Tillman also said that due to younger players not having up to date physicals, it will, for the most part, be upperclassmen participating in practice for now.