College Football Makes a Comeback

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College football returns with precautions like masks for referees.

  After a summer of questioning, the ACC’s college football season has started again. 

  Sanderson senior Nolan Coppedge said “I’m glad the ACC is back and didn’t shut down like the Big Ten or Pac 12 did. Show’s someone there has a spine.”

  With the CoronaVirus pandemic, it was questionable if a season would occur. Two of the Power 5 the Pac 12 and Big Ten announced they would postpone their seasons. On September 16th the Big Ten recanted and rescheduled their season to start in October however. Three of the Group of Five conferences announced they will play. These three include the Conference USA which UNC Charlotte is a member of, as well as the Sunbelt.

  North Carolina State University will play their first game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday September 19 but the UNC Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils have already played. The Demon Deacons were routed by the Clemson Tigers 37-13. 

  The Blue Devils were defeated by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 27-13. While the Carolina Tar Heels crushed the Syracuse Orange 31 to 6. The Blue Devils will play Boston College and the Tar Heels will play the University of North Carolina Charlotte on September 19.

  When asked about the season resuming Sanderson senior Jonathon Mahl said “I’m not that hopeful about how the Wolfpack is going to do, but this might be the season.”

  Comparing the precautions taken between college and high school level football teams, Sanderson Head Coach Jeremy Buck stated that, “Because colleges and universities have more money to spend they can test more thoroughly and that’s the biggest difference between the two. High school sports are more pivotal to high school athletes because of the social and emotional benefits they provide”. 

  The Sanderson Spartans football team is announced to start playing again in February.