Moffat County to play football this fall following CHSAA, state announcement
There will be Moffat County high school football this fall.
The decision to play in the fall was made late Friday night, according to head coach Lance Scranton. That decision comes a few short days after Governor Jared Polis announced new guidelines for organized sports on Wednesday, leading to a meeting of the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Board of Directors.
In that meeting Wednesday night, CHSAA’s Board of Directors voted to allow schools the opportunity to play fall sports such as football, field hockey and sideline cheer, beginning later this month. The decision to play football in the fall was left up to each district whether to participate in Season A, the usual fall season, or Season C, the new season designated to fall sports that were not approved for Season A.
Moffat County has made the decision to play this fall and will start football practice on Thursday, Sept. 24, according to Scranton.
“It’s been stressful, but we’re excited to be able to play football this fall,” Scranton said Saturday morning. “…Just being able to get back to football is great, not just for us as coaches and for this community, but for these kids; giving them some sense of normalcy is huge.”
The Bulldogs’ schedule is unknown at this time, but full details should be released Monday or Tuesday, Scranton said.
The structure for Season A and Season C will be identical, comprising of a 6+1 season, meaning all teams will play a six-game regular season. Teams must play at least four of the six regular-season games to be eligible for postseason. Teams that don’t qualify for the playoffs can choose to play another non-qualifying team in week one or two of the postseason.
The playoff race will be highly competitive, with just eight teams qualifying based on the CHSAA Seeding Index.
“The good thing is CHSAA will work with athletic directors across the state to make the schedule,” Scranton said. “I’m hoping most of the teams in our league will declare for the fall, but I just don’t know.”
The new guidelines in the variance for football will allow up to 50 players per sideline, excluding coaches, referees or umpires, on the field at a time. The guidelines also requests that teams keep players in cohorts, ideally the same ones they maintain at school, to minimize the number of new contacts.
Everyone, including players and coaches, must wear a mask when not actively playing, and must remain six feet apart from non-household members while on the sidelines, according to the guidelines.
“CHSAA agreed to extend the sidelines, so we’ll be able to have kids spaced out properly,” Scranton said. “That’s something we’ll need to figure out how to deal with on game days.”
When CHSAA made the decision to place football in Season C in late August, a number of football players went out for sports such as golf and cross country at Moffat County High School.
Scranton said that the football coaching staff will work closely with boys golf coach Tim Adams and cross country coach Todd Trapp to ensure neither team is affected this late in their respective seasons.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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