The football season pushes through the pandemic

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The football team is tackling through this pandemic. While 5A and 6A high school football seasons were delayed, the football season is starting up again, with extra safety precautions to guard against Covid-19.

For many players, adapting to all the new precautions was difficult at first.

“The first week adjusting to everything was new but I wouldn’t say it was a struggle when we first came to practice at Lamar and it’s always good to see the guys and coaches again to bond and made it worthwhile,” senior Max Shilstone said. 

Even with social distancing, the team is still able to build bonds with each other.

“Our team chemistry is strong. We are hyped for the season and excited and fortunate we got the chance to play this season due to the virus,” senior Gage Hensey said.  

Many parents are equally as excited for the football season as the players.

“Texas football has been Kenneth’s life; it’s his heart, it’s his passion,” said Ava Rosenthal, mother of varsity quarterback Kenneth Rosenthal. “If I told him he couldn’t play, he would probably have a heart attack. I come out to the games because we have to support our children in every way necessary, by all means necessary.”

There has been protocols for social distancing and we are abiding by the rules. There’s times when it does seem hard but my teammates are strong and willing.”

— Max Shilstone

While some may be concerned about the virus, other parents are confident that football and Covid-19 can coexist.

“If the coaches enforce the social distancing outside of practice, have their mask on like how they are supposed to, and if they take the precautions necessary before they come to practice to do what needs to be done so they aren’t exposed to COVID, then yes it can be done effectively,” parent Dee Davis said. “If a player contracted the virus, I feel as if they would need to take a break because safety is first.”

With the pandemic comes many challenges but the team is ready to prevail through.

“There has been protocols for social distancing and we are abiding by the rules. There’s times when it does seem hard but my teammates are strong and willing,” Shilstone said.