Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) – High school football in Syracuse is back.
Teams will return to the field this fall after playing an abbreviated season last spring. For many teams, this will be the first time playing a full schedule in nearly two years.
Solvay high school played just three games last spring after the cancellation of the fall season. Head coach Dan Salisbury says the return to action has not been without its struggles.
“It’s a tough game to play,” Salisbury said. “To try to get kids motivated to get back and practice after doing nothing, really, seriously nothing, was really, really challenging.”
High schools are still adhering to mask protocols while indoors and could do so beyond the start of fall classes. However, outdoor practices are free of covid restrictions. Eased protocols and the prospect of returning to a full fall schedule has teams rejuvenated.
“The excitement of having the regular season is going to outweigh anything that you’re worried about,” Salisbury said.
Teams around the city have already begun seven on seven scrimmages. High schools will return to training camp on Aug. 23.