Noontime’s High School Football Play Of The Week (Sept. 14, 2020)

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (AL) earned our first-ever high school football play of the week honor. (PHOTO COURTESY: Michael Casagrande / Twitter)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Yes, high school football is being played in the United States of America despite the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. But that doesn’t mean we can’t highlight some exciting plays from the gridiron, right? 

This week, we’re starting a new weekly high school football post, which will be published every Monday that will showcase our favorite play from the past weekend. And this week’s choice was too easy. 

In case you don’t know by now, Tuscaloosa Hillcrest somehow miraculously won its Friday evening contest last week Wetumpka, thanks to nine laterals on the game’s final play

As noted in the Los Angeles Times piece, AL.com called the play “Bronco,” which is certainly an interesting name, right? 

Either way, the play somehow worked and even got the attention of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who tweeted the following: “This is why we love football.” 

Indeed, we love football and this might be the craziest play we have ever seen. And hopefully, we see more plays like this as the season progresses. 

High School Football Returns Tonight In Utah

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The Herriman High School Mustangs will kickoff their 2020 football season on Thursday, August 13. (PHOTO COURTESY: Herriman High’s Facebook Page)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Believe it or not, the 2020 high school football season will kick off this evening in Utah with Herriman High School hosting Davis High School at 7 p.m. And for those itching to listen to the game, you will be able to hear it on KJZZ.

In normal times, this game may be a blip on the radar with sports fans consuming either a Major League Baseball (MLB) game or a preseason National Football League (NFL) contest. But as we know, 2020 has and continues to be a strange year due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which means any sense of normalcy like a high school football game in Utah seems to be exactly what we need.

And in case you are not able to stream or watch tonight’s contest, more games will be played tomorrow night followed by a slew of contests next week, not just in Utah, but other parts of the country, including Alaska, Indiana, and Tennessee.

Here in New England, it appears high school football fans in four states – Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont – will be treated to some games at some point this fall, but of course, everything is fluid.

Massachusetts and Rhode Island high school football fans, as well as coaches and players, also hope to provide its fans with a season this fall, too, but nothing official has been announced from either state’s organization other than tentative plans. But according to a recent update from Dan Roche of WBZ, it seems unlikely that Massachusetts will play high school football this fall due to new guidelines “implemented from the state.”

Stay tuned, we will keep you posted if a high school football season, along with other sports, will occur this fall here in Massachusetts.

Vermont Will Not Play Tackle Football This Year

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Vermont will not play high school football this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (PHOTO COURTESY: Visualunt.com)

By Matt Noonan 

High school football in Vermont will look quite different this year, according to today’s announcement from Jay Nichols, who is the executive director of the Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA).

Nichols said there will be no full-contact football this fall, but instead, a seven-on-seven league, which the football committees are currently working on, according to Marshall Kramsky of MyNBC5.

In addition to football, volleyball matches can be held this fall but must be played outside. And as noted by Ang Martinez of Fox 44 & ABC 22, everyone participating in athletics must wear a face-covering except cross country.

Martinez also reported that 150 fans will be able to attend contests, but face coverings will be required. Every program, not just football, can begin practicing on Tuesday, September 8.

The Big Ten Conference Postpones Fall Sports

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(PHOTO COURTESY: Big Ten Conference Twitter)

By NoontimeSports.com 

After much speculation, the Big Ten Conference has announced its upcoming fall sports season, including football, has been postponed.

Today’s announcement also means there will be no regular season or conference championships and tournaments.

According to this afternoon’s release, which can be seen on the conference’s website, the league came to a decision to postpone the fall sports season through the advice they received from both the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.

“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, who chairs the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors.

Added Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, “The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward.”

While today’s news certainly derails hopes of seeing the conference’s 14 teams play football this year, it also means there will be no cross-country, field hockey, soccer, or volleyball.

As noted at the end of today’s announcement, “The Big Ten Conference will continue to evaluate a number of options regarding these sports, including the possibility of competition in the spring.”

No decisions have been made about winter or spring sports.

UMass Cancels Its 2020 Football Season

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The UMass Football team will not play games this fall due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (PHOTO COURTESY: Thom Kendall/UMass Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

The University of Massachusetts joined a growing list of FBS teams that will not play football this season.

As noted in a statement from Ryan Bamford, who is the school’s athletic director, “After consulting with the university, state, and public health officials, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 UMass football season.”

Bamford stressed that the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic “posed too great of a risk” for not just the student-athletes, but everyone involved with the Minuteman’s program.

Second-year coach Walt Bell admitted he was “absolutely heartbroken” for both the current and past members of the program, along with the alumni and fanbase, too, but was extremely appreciative of everyone that helped keep everyone safe once the team arrived at campus earlier this summer.

“I would like to give an unbelievable amount of gratitude to our medical professionals, our administration, our campus, our athletic training staff, and our operations staff for creating one of the safest environments in college football,” said Bell. “The testing, the protocols, the risk mitigation, and the execution have been incredible.”

While it is uncertain if and when things with the ongoing coronavirus will settle down, Bamford did provide the program, along with all fall sports teams with some hope to play games next spring.

“We remain hopeful and fully intended to conduct a competitive schedule for our fall sports in the 2021 spring semester,” said Bamford.