Louisiana High School Athletic Association Executive Director Eddie Bonine announced the 2020 high school football season will be delayed, because the State of Louisiana remains in phase two of re-opening as keeping the spread of coronavirus in check has become more challenging. The targeted start dates for high school football are now Thursday, October 8th through Saturday October 10th. Bonine emphasized that getting to phase three would require a significant drop in Covid-19 cases between now and the first week of October.
The LHSAA will remain in compliance with Governor John Bel Edwards’ decisions regarding a move into phase three or remaining in phase two. Start dates of October 8th through 10th, would be week 3 of the prep season, and schools would start competition against week 3 opponents. Bonine says he "hopes for a six game regular season, that would culminate in the Prep Classic State Championship games in the Superdome around the second weekend of December.”
An important note, the shortened season would limit the amount of teams that qualify for the playoffs. Bonine did mention the possibility of moving state championship games back to January at an outdoor venue, if need be. The LHSAA is running into problems moving championship weekend to later dates in December in the Superdome, because of the pending New Orleans Bowl and Sugar Bowl games.
The LHSAA and their medical advisors stressed how fluid this situation is, but also recognized the importance of offering fall sports to students. Bonine continues to stress that they’re working hard to do so safely.