High school football workouts begin amid a cloudy future for fall sports

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Weeks after the VHSL gave the green light to conduct out-of-season practices, we’re starting to see high school football teams take the field. On Monday, athletes from Roanoke City schools began workouts, including the Patrick Henry football team.

It was a day one like no other. Social distancing is the new normal for football practice while masks were mandatory for players to take the field.

They also went through screening and temperature checks upon arrival before being able to take off the masks to finally take part in non-contact drills. The team was divided into three separate groups that worked out at different times.

“It’s awesome to get out here and see these guys, haven’t seen them for awhile,” head coach Alan Fiddler said. “It’s awesome to get out here and be with them and see everybody’s face and get to moving around a little bit and do a little bit of physical activity.”

It’s the first step toward a future that is still unknown but will hopefully include a football season.

“I’ve been doing this a long time. And first time I’ve ever went through this just as everybody but we’re trying to make the best of it because we’ll be able to play at some point,” Fiddler said.

Fiddler said his team looks pretty good considering they haven’t worked out together since the pandemic began. But he doesn’t know yet how practice will look different when Virginia enters Phase Three later this week.

“That’s what I try to tell these kids. Do things the right way so that we get the opportunity to eventually play.”

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