Coaches, Players React To Postponement of High School Football
After the MHSAA’s announcement on Friday of the postponement of high school football, many have felt the disappointment and frustration.
That includes local coaches and student-athletes.
After the decision was made, coaches took to social media to voice their sadness to not have a season, but also to let their players know they are there to support them.
“Tough times don’t last… tough people do,” wrote Mount Pleasant head football coach Jason McIntyre.
Lake City head coach Kyle Smith said, “To my players, coaches, parents, and community. I know with football being cancelled you will have a lot of questions, concerns, emotions, and more. Please know that I am here for you in any way possible. I’m sorry this is happening, but we WILL play again! #FamilyOn3 #StayStrong.”
Other local coaches sent out tweets with their reactions as well:
Football players got better this week. Time is always valuable when you’re fighting for yourself and your teammates trying to achieve a common goal. Looking forward to the spring and making the most the situation until then!
— Coach Cripe (@CMCoachCripe) August 14, 2020
— Eric Schugars (@CoachESchugars) August 14, 2020
While there is disappointment, there is also perseverance and positivity after hearing the news.
“It was definitely a little weird to hear that we were going to play in the spring, but it gives us a lot of time to get better and try to do some of the things we didn’t get to do in the summer,” said Clare senior Jon Bouchey. “We were four days into practice and we were pretty confident that we were going to play Freeland in two weeks but it was a bit of a big bummer that the news happened like that.”
The MHSAA is working towards a plan to have football in the spring.
As of now, the rest of fall sports are going on as schedules, but the MHSAA is meeting on Wednesday to discuss the future of those sports as well.