Varsity football to play first game after weeks of delay


Photos provided by Elijah Costa

Senior linebacker Elijah Costa scans the field on defense.

Eli Cowan, Reporter

The 2020 varsity football season was set to begin this past weekend, but that did not go as planned. A COVID-19 case emerged a day before the season opener and caused the game to be canceled just 24 hours prior to kickoff. 

This season’s games allowed fans to attend in limited numbers. Birdkeepers, boosters and cheerleaders were each given tickets to give out to fellow students. 

The players were devastated to hear of the cancelation of the game.

“It’s just disappointing because I was so ready and excited to begin my senior season, and having to wait one more week is the last thing we want,” said safety and senior Elijah Costa. “It is still the most important thing though, to keep everybody safe and healthy.” 

While the players, along with the fans, remain disappointed about the game’s sudden cancelation, the team is now looking ahead to their new season opener, scheduled for Oct. 24 against arch-rival Lamar High School. The players highly encourage every student to try and get a ticket and hopefully achieve the COVID-19 version of a sell-out. 

“Even if we can’t pack the stands this year, the Lamar game remains the highlight of our football season, and we encourage everyone to do what they can to bring the energy,” Costa said.