The Georgia high school football season that almost wasn’t is about to begin this week with 150 games statewide, but don’t lose that eraser. This season’s schedule is ever-changing, as 20 teams have canceled, postponed or added games just since Monday. It’s the proverbial new normal in a season that has been threatened all Summer by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 Seminole County Indian varsity football season opens at home in Seminole Stadium this Friday, September 4 with a game against the Early County Bobcats. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place at the stadium. Tickets are now on sale during school hours for $7 each at the Seminole County Middle High School front office.
Trey Woolf commented, “We are very excited for our opener this Friday – many hours of hard work have been put in by our players and coaches – time to see where we are and get an idea of what we are good at and what we’re not so good at – there are a lot of guys playing on Friday night for the first time, so it should be fun to watch.”
Returning players on offense include Clay Towns, Jamarvion Jones, Tyree Rainey, Layton Cowart, and Boris Melton. Returning players on defense include Tyree Rainey, Ryshown Brown, Jamarvion Jones, Zha Martin and Layton Cowart
The 2020 Indians offense by position includes: quarterbacks: Boris Melton, and Zha Martin; offensive line: Clay Towns, Zygarrian Brown, Nick Barber, Owen Cross, Camron Ray, Kade Smith, Brandon Wilson, and Tanner Martin; running backs: Jamarvion Jones, Jarcavius Ceasor, Hugh Scarborough, Tyree Rainey, Nick Cull, and Aidan Sherrer; wide receivers: Layton Cowart, Moses James, Trace Bagwell, Dontavius Brown, Ladavion Williams, and Ivan Chandler.
The 2020 Indians defense by position includes, on the defensive line: Jamarvion Jones, Mykehi Cunningham, Cedricus Parson, Damarion Clemons, Amari Yarbrough, Charles Johnson, and Hilton Newsome; linebackers: Nick Cull.Tyree Rainey, Travaris Robinson, Ryshown Brown, Lavarius Hutchins, Donnell Hutchins, Jaheim Jackson, Jason Washington, and Jason Anderson; secondary: Layton Cowart, Zha Martin, Dontavius Brown, Jordan Beard, and Javion Adams, special teams: Kicker Brayson Reynolds.
As a reminder, Georgia High School Association recommends the following guidelines to be in place for all 2020 home games at Seminole Stadium in Donalsonville.
Home football games will limit stadium available seating capacity to 50%. Due to the uncertainty in the Fall sport season, only general admission tickets will be sold. There will be no reserved seating tickets and no all-sport passes for the 2020-21 sports calendar.
400 home general admission tickets will be available for sale for each home game. Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Fans may purchase tickets Monday through Thursday in the front office at Seminole County Middle/High School (SCMHS) beginning on Monday prior to the contest. Remaining tickets will be sold at the stadium ticket booth on game night. The cost of the tickets will be $7.00.
300 tickets will be available for the visiting team spectators. Those tickets will be sold at the visitor ticket booth until they are gone. Visiting schools will have the option of purchasing and pre-selling their tickets
All Georgia High School Association (GHSA) passes will be honored and must be presented at the designated pass gate.
Spectators will be encouraged to social distance in the visitor and home seating areas through signage and public address announcements.
Fans will be strongly encouraged to wear a mask while attending the event.
Children must be supervised at all times. Unsupervised children will be returned to their parents.
Fans are encouraged to bring their own chairs for social distancing and will be allowed in the end zone areas.
No loitering will be allowed around the concession
areas and in the end zones. Spectators must remain in the bleachers unless they are visiting the concession area or the restrooms.
No fans will be allowed to enter the playing area before, during, or after the event.
The Seminole County Green Machine will occupy their traditional section of the stadium next to the Field House. No fans will be allowed in that section to allow for social distancing of the band members throughout the contest.
Visiting bands will be encouraged not to attend due to the lack of bleacher space for social distancing on the visitor side. If the opposing band chooses to come they will occupy the grassy areas of Seminole Stadium’s north end zone. The area will be identified by being partitioned off.
Restrooms will be accessible with ample handwashing availability and hand sanitizer stations provided.
Restrooms will have signage limiting occupancy to promote social distancing.
Concessions will continue to be run by booster clubs to support local programs.
Masks and gloves will be worn for workers in the concession area.
Grilled items will be individually wrapped.
Condiments will be in packet form.
Customer lines for concessions will be marked for social distancing.
for visiting teams
SCMHS Athletic Director will communicate with the visiting Athletic Director and get confirmation that screening has been completed before arrival (per GHSA Guidelines). SCMHS Athletic Director will confirm screening of SCMHS athletes and personnel (per GHSA Guidelines).