High School Spring Football?

Yes, you heard it correctly, there will be a 2021 High School Football Spring season, and it begins on February 26.  Covid 19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 football season here, and in many states across the country.  Some states chose to play their games as normal, while others chose to play a reduced schedule.

Following guidelines from the CDC and the Governor’s recommendation, the NCHSAA (North Carolina High School Athletic Association) chose to cancel fall football, and play instead a limited spring schedule.  At this time, local teams will play a seven game schedule mainly against teams in the same conference or in the immediate vicinity.

At the same time, Cumberland County Schools and the CCS administration, have decided that there would be no, or perhaps limited, spectators at the games, and have left it up to the individual school principals on whether to allow broadcasting crews in their press boxes.  Social distancing would be required and many of our local stadium press boxes are just too small to allow for game officials, PA announcers, clock operators and broadcast crews.

Because of the limited number of games where we could broadcast, Mid-South Sports will not air a Game of the Week this spring.  Instead, we will continue our long-standing coach’s show, Inside the Huddle, featuring interviews each week with our area coaches. Inside the Huddle will air each Friday evening at 6:00 pm, on Sunny 94.3, and streaming right here on this website – just click on the Sunny logo.

In addition, Methodist University will play a limited schedule this spring – just 4 games.  Two will be at home and two away.  The home games will be played on Friday nights, due to Saturday conflicts with other previously scheduled spring sports.  We have permission to bring you the Monarch home games, and they will air on Sunny 94.3, and stream here on our website.

We’re glad football is back, although on an abbreviated timeline, and we look forward with anticipation for a full fall season.

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