Small school football fans, parents, teachers and students are thrilled that football actually got underway on Friday across the state. In Eads, a large crowd, hungry to finally get to cheer on their Eads Eagles, were on hand for the middle school game and then the high school game. Both team won their games over Kiowa.
Under the exceptionally bright lights at the new football field in Kit Carson, the 2020 Wildcat team brought in a new era. This would be not only the first game of the season; but, more importantly, the first game on the new field. The turf was laid in August and the rest is now history as Curt Connelley and his Wildcats took the ball and ran with it to a 56-18 decisive win over Miami-Yoder.
Saturday afternoon, the Holly High School Wildcats football team welcomed the Haxtun Bulldogs for their season opening football game.
As most readers realize by now the student athlete sports scene in Colorado has evolved into a quagmire of confusion, inequality, elation and disappointment. First, when school finally got started in August, CHSAA and the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force came up with some guidelines for preps sports that were less than optimum. The biggest guideline was the complete change in schedules, seasons and sports offerings. CHSAA came up with four different seasons, A through D, whereby there would be shortened and controlled seasons. The usual fall sports of football and volleyball fell into Season C, after basketball and wrestling, but before track and baseball.
On the surface, football experts might count the 2020 edition of the Kit Carson Wildcats’ football team out of the playoff picture after losing 7 seniors, all who contributed in huge ways to the Wildcats’ semifinal appearance and an impressive 10-1 record a year ago. But hold on just a minute as the Cats return their experienced coaching team of Curt Connelley, Andrew Maxcy and Jason Randel. That means their system is in place and the young players about to step into the spotlight know what is expected of them.