High school football returns to South Bay with excitement and gratitude after 2020 season delayed by COVID
Just four months later, Oak Grove and Branham High Schools returned to the field for a fall soccer game in San Jose.
It might just be a scrum, but the excitement on the pitch just doesn’t show.
What a beautiful piece here from Branham! We have the first fall touchdown for the Bruins since 2019. Yeah, I know it’s a scrum. Don’t kill my excitement 😂 pic.twitter.com/vxYaQjfXXl
– Dustin Dorsey (@ DustinABC7) August 22, 2021
“Obviously a lot has been taken away from us in the odd 18 or a few months, so that makes our guys feel grateful or remember what they may have lost, more or less. than other families, “Branham Varsity Football said head coach Stephen Johnson. “They can be grateful to come back now and not take this for granted anymore.”
“Football has been something I’ve played since I was a kid,” said Rahema Sosimi, senior at Oak Grove Varsity Football. “I’ll do whatever it takes to keep playing, but it’s really better to be back.”
California was one of the only states in the country that did not play football on time last year.
COVID-19 has not only delayed the season, but parents say it has created hardship for these students off the field.
Tonight football started to solve the problems.
“I personally know children who have had to drop out because they didn’t have a sport,” said Jesse Dominguez, parent of Oak Grove. “So this feedback is very important and it’s just great.”
“There isn’t much you can do in your own backyard,” said Branham Parent Mindy Carpenter. “So just being back here and being back in this environment is so exciting.”
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Teams no longer face such strict protocols regarding masks and fan attendance, but the threat of the Delta variant still looms.
The question was asked in our education hall on Friday, is it safe for athletes to play sports in high school right now?
ABC7 News special correspondent Dr Alok Patel said there is a big difference between indoor and outdoor sports.
He added that the data shows that not all outbreaks in teams are caused by the action of the game, sometimes it is in the locker room or other team settings.
His simple message: if the team wants to continue the season, everyone has to create a safe environment.
“It is the responsibility of parents and young athletes, coaches and everyone else to make sure their athletes practice all of these safe hygiene techniques and do everything they can, not just on the sports field or on the playground. pool or the basketball court or tennis court, but everywhere around it, ”said Dr. Patel.
“You know, we always try to let the kids know we’re not out of this,” Oak Grove Varsity Football head coach Marcus Reese said. “The reason we play against this team is actually because of some cancellations. But I really want the kids to have fun.”
“We’re doing everything we can to make sure we have a season because the last thing we want is for it to be called off due to COVID or for anyone to get sick or hurt anyway,” said Branham College Football Senior Adi Arora.
Although there was no official winner on the scoreboard, the real victory was to find football again.
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