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Tennessee high school football games resume amid coronavirus

Rockvale vs. La Vergne football game 8/20/20 (Photo: Jeff and Libby Pittman)
Rockvale vs. La Vergne football game 8/20/20 (Photo: Jeff and Libby Pittman)
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Even a pandemic can't stop high school football in Tennessee.

Players are getting back on the gridiron this week amid COVID-19. The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) said as may as 120 games will be played this week.

Like just about everything else, games will look a little different this season - even for those attending.

TSSAA has modified its sports regulations to include temperature check requirements for players, coaches and fans, proper screening questions to gauge any COVID-19 symptoms, and limiting fans to allow for social distancing. Fans are also required to wear face masks.

Spectators should be prepared to wear masks and have their temperatures checked at the entry gates. Those that are or have recently experienced COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to not enter the stadium. Because stadium seating capacities will be limited to allow for physical distancing, check your school's website or social media accounts for information on ticket availability. It is the host school's discretion to honor passes, or offer any public ticket sales at all, because of capacity restrictions.

Earlier this summer, Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order allowing contact sports to start on time this year amid the pandemic, provided schools abide by TSSAA guidelines.

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Stick with FOX 17 News for coverage of local football games Friday night:

  • Hendersonville at Oakland & CPA at Riverdale
  • Lipscomb Academy at Brentwood Academy & Siegel at Franklin
  • Wilson Central at Springfield & Middle TN Christian School at White House Heritage
  • White House at Station Camp
  • Ravenwood at Centennial
  • Stewarts Creek at Mt. Juliet
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