The Pella Christian Football team looks ahead to an exciting 2020 season, despite COVID-19.
2020 has been unpredictable. The Big 10 and Pac 12 have elected not to have a football season this fall. The states of California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Maryland, and Illinois are not playing high school football.
“I’m just excited to be playing football. There were a couple weeks in the summer when football was in doubt in Iowa, so the biggest thing is just being with the guys and playing football,” says head coach Rich Kacmarinski.
With three team members getting COVID-19 during preseason, the Eagles have been extra careful to follow the guidelines set by the CDC (Center of Disease Control) and the Marion County Health Department.
Senior captain Cody Boender says, “Covid has affected everything. We have to wear masks in the fieldhouse and social distance as much as possible.”
“It just takes away from the team aspect of the sport. It’s hard to bond with your teammates from a distance,” says senior captain Luke Mulder.
Whenever a new season comes, there are always some nerves.
Kacmarinski says, “Anytime you start a new season you wonder how we are going to come together as a team, if we’re going to gel.”
Boender says, “I just hope we don’t get the injuries like we did last year.”
The Eagles kickoff district play at Central Decatur. “Come out and support us. Going to games is a part of high school. You only have 4 years. Come Enjoy it!” says Mulder.
Come cheer on the Eagles!