Amid a fresh wave of COVID concerns, HS football kicks off in Virginia


RADFORD, VA (WFXR)– Schools around the Commonwealth kicked off Friday night football games. The Radford Bobcats vs. the George Wythe Maroons game started around 7 p.m.

For Radford High School, this was their first time back on the home field after the COVID-19 pandemic shortened last year’s football season.

While fans packed the bleachers and cheered on the Radford Bobcats, many say it felt weird to be back in a space of normalcy.

“It feels almost surreal like we shouldn’t be here, but I am so excited and so happy that we are,” said Isabelle Geiss, co-captain of the Radford High School cheerleading team.

India Black, the other co-captain, says the cheerleaders haven’t been on the field for almost two years, so the vibe and feel of the support are emotionally moving.

For many schools in the Commonwealth, they had to cancel their games due to COVID-19 protocols.

Radford High School officials say they didn’t cancel their game because their COVID-19 infection remains low.

According to Athletic Director, Greg Wade, the school is lucky to be where they are today.

“It is wonderful, and like you said, several schools have had the opportunity taken away from them this week. We’re feeling blessed,” said Wade.

Wade says that the school did not require masks during the game because everyone was outside. All visitors were encouraged to socially distance and not show up if they are sick.

Many visitors wore masks, despite the non-mask requirement.

The Radford Bobcats take on Gate City on Saturday, Sept. 4.

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