This time next week, many Indiana high school football teams would’ve started week one of the 2020 regular season.On Friday, the Floyd Central High School Highlanders prepared for one last tuneup before facing their first on-field opponent this season.Normally, programs use preseason scrimmages to help evaluate the team as they get ready for the upcoming season.However, in classic 2020 fashion, there’s a but.In this case, the scrimmage will be not only to evaluate the team as they get ready for the new season, but also test the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s COVID-19 protocols.The Highlanders are able to do something that many other teams across the country can’t do: practice for the fall season.”This is a blessing to be playing because I know a lot of kids can’t right now,” Floyd Central senior offensive lineman Zenuae Michalski said.Saturday night, the Highlanders will travel to Madison, Indiana, to take on Madison High School. Originally, they were supposed to play Charlestown at home.”Now we’re going to Madison. Instead of at home, we’re at Madison,” Floyd Central head football coach James Bragg said. “For our kids, it was a great teaching point for them because this could happen during the season.”Sidelines this season will look drastically different.Players will have designated spots they’ll be standing and their own personal water bottles — just to name a few things.”We’ll have hand sanitizer stations on the side of the football field,” Bragg said. “I never thought we would’ve had that.”All efforts to make sure Floyd Central gets to play a football season.”We always talk about playing in late November and everything and right now,” Bragg said, “we’re talking about keeping one step ahead of the curve.”Even in the locker room and weight room, players are holding each other accountable.”Some of the freshman are new, they’re wild, so some kids will wear their masks down in the weight room sometimes and I’ll just walk over and say, ‘Hey, pull it up, I’m not trying to have our season canceled,” Michalski said.Michalski is committed to play football at the University of Louisville next year.Even though he has a bright football future, he doesn’t want football to have the same fate as the winter and spring sports did earlier this year.”I’ll do anything to play,” he said.While the scrimmage on Saturday is at 7 p.m., the first regular season game for the Highlanders will be against Jeffersonville a week from Friday.

This time next week, many Indiana high school football teams would’ve started week one of the 2020 regular season.

On Friday, the Floyd Central High School Highlanders prepared for one last tuneup before facing their first on-field opponent this season.

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Normally, programs use preseason scrimmages to help evaluate the team as they get ready for the upcoming season.

However, in classic 2020 fashion, there’s a but.

In this case, the scrimmage will be not only to evaluate the team as they get ready for the new season, but also test the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s COVID-19 protocols.

The Highlanders are able to do something that many other teams across the country can’t do: practice for the fall season.

“This is a blessing to be playing because I know a lot of kids can’t right now,” Floyd Central senior offensive lineman Zenuae Michalski said.

Saturday night, the Highlanders will travel to Madison, Indiana, to take on Madison High School. Originally, they were supposed to play Charlestown at home.

“Now we’re going to Madison. Instead of at home, we’re at Madison,” Floyd Central head football coach James Bragg said. “For our kids, it was a great teaching point for them because this could happen during the season.”

Sidelines this season will look drastically different.

Players will have designated spots they’ll be standing and their own personal water bottles — just to name a few things.

“We’ll have hand sanitizer stations on the side of the football field,” Bragg said. “I never thought we would’ve had that.”

All efforts to make sure Floyd Central gets to play a football season.

“We always talk about playing in late November and everything and right now,” Bragg said, “we’re talking about keeping one step ahead of the curve.”

Even in the locker room and weight room, players are holding each other accountable.

“Some of the freshman are new, they’re wild, so some kids will wear their masks down in the weight room sometimes and I’ll just walk over and say, ‘Hey, pull it up, I’m not trying to have our season canceled,” Michalski said.

Michalski is committed to play football at the University of Louisville next year.

Even though he has a bright football future, he doesn’t want football to have the same fate as the winter and spring sports did earlier this year.

“I’ll do anything to play,” he said.

While the scrimmage on Saturday is at 7 p.m., the first regular season game for the Highlanders will be against Jeffersonville a week from Friday.

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