Bluebirds Adjusting to Coronavirus 2019 Guidelines
|PHOTO: Ed Harber. Highlands sophomore kicker Davis Burleigh practices field goals before the game Friday.|
David Cecil Memorial could only allow 20 percent in attendance and fans had to wear face masks or they were asked to leave. The usual six-feet distance protocols were also encouraged.Things felt as different as one might expect with the threat of Coronavirus 2019 still looming.
After the game, the Highlands players walked downstairs to the Field House. They took their shoulder pads off and left. Highlands student-athletes are not using locker rooms.
First Season-Opening Loss in Five Years:
Entering the game, Highlands had not lost a season-opener in five seasons. Cooper beat Highlands, 37-13 to open the 2015 season. The Bluebirds had not lost a season-opener at that point since Lexington Henry Clay came to Fort Thomas and won 18-13 on Aug. 23, 2002.
But that team did not have to deal with the season being pushed back three weeks and no scrimmages. The Bluebirds had games scheduled at home against Scott, in the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic against Chattanooga (Tennessee) Notre Dame and at Campbell County scheduled to start the season.
The Bluebirds made up the game against the Camels for Nov. 6. They picked up a home game against Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller for Oct. 30. The rest of the schedule is still intact.
A Season Despite Delay:
Highlands Heade Coach Brian Weinrich acknowledged the team is more than excited to have a season. He thanked coaches and administrators around the state and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association staff and Board of Control for making it happen.
Various states around the country pushed sports back to the spring. That includes New Mexico. Neighboring Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio started their seasons weeks ago.
Around District 5:
Only one team in the district won Friday. Defending Class 5A state champion Covington Catholic held off Dixie Highway rival Dixie Heights, 21-14 in Crestview Hills. The blue Colonels moved to 45-1 since the start of 2017.
Campbell County started off the season with a 21-8 victory over Cooper in Alexandria. The Camels won just one game last season.
Boone County started the season with a 39-8 loss in Florence to county rival Ryle. Highlands plays Ryle in Union this Friday.
Cross Country Opens Season:
Highlands ran in a quad-meet at Idlewild Park in Florence against Conner, St. Henry and Campbell County.
The Highlands boys finished second with 54 points behind Conner's 19. Freshman Malcolm Robertson led the Bluebirds running 4,000 kilometers in 14 minutes, 4.6 seconds.
The Highlands girls finished fourth without five of the girls running with 72 points. Campbell County won it with 47 points. Sophomore Eden Brumer led Highlands running 4,000 in 17:04.88.
Highlands runs in another quad meet Wednesday. Ryle is one of the teams in the meet.
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