For much of the summer, Ohio High School football coaches and players wondered if this day would ever come. It has. High School football is back. It started in Central Ohio Thursday night, as Davidson won a Hilliard showdown, beating Darby 17-13. All across the area and the state, week one begins in earnest Friday night, although it won't quite be the same.
"I would say excitement is the main emotion most of us are feeling," Tim Stried, Director of Communications for the Ohio High School Athletic Association said Thursday on WTVN. "But mixed in there, we're hurting and we're thinking about those schools that are currently paused in their sports. Some of those may come on line in October and play but some have already said that they're just not going to play sports this fall, so there's some sadness for those schools."
With the COVID-19 pandemic still lurking, it wasn't until last week that Governor Mike DeWine gave contact sports, including football, the green light. The decision was a relief for Stried and the OHSAA who worked tirelessly with DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted to make sure high school sports in Ohio happened.
"The amount of work that the OHSAA has put in to get approval, it's been all summer," Stried said. "It's certainly been intense here the last few weeks."
Stried talked at length with us about the plans for the season, changes that have been made due to COVID-19, crowd restrictions, the expanded playoffs and much more. We thank Tim again for joining us and delivering great information on the start of the high school football season. If you missed our interview, you can check it out by clicking here to go to Joel's podcast page.