Football players, parents react to loss of season

One parent has started a petition to let the students play football in the fall.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Football fields this fall won’t be getting as much use as they usually do, with the governor’s announcement Friday effectively canceling the season.

“Kind of a kick in the teeth to be honest with you,” said John LaFond of Exeter.

LaFond, whose sons were set to play for the Knights at Exeter-West Greenwich High School, has started a petition to allow the football season to go on with safety precautions.

He thinks the game could be played with things like masks, gloves, and extreme social distancing measures, which he believes most players would agree to as long as they get to play.

“If that means that they have to stay in the house, just go to school, stay in the house, and then go play football, that’s what they would choose to do,” said LaFond of his own sons.

Student athletes speaking to ABC 6 say they’re disappointed but not too surprised by the decision.

“I think it stinks and it’s an unfortunate situation,” said Captain of the Cranston West football team Brennan Stetson. “But if it’s what we got to do to stay safe, then we just have to move forward and prepare for when we do play.”

Athletes like Stetson say they’re holding out hope that the ‘Fall Two’ scenario discussed by the governor will be able to happen, meaning they would play football in the spring instead.

“If it’s in the spring so be it, as long as we’re playing this year, especially the senior year, it’s what we have to do,” said Cranston West Football Captain Kris Degaitas.

But others are worried that that could potentially disrupt the other sports they usually play in the spring.

“I play baseball as well so it’s going to be tough to balance those seasons,” said Tyler Simon, a sophomore at La Salle Academy. “But it’s good for the seniors who have no other option. They can just get on a field and play.”

The Cranston West captains also pointed out that this could potentially hurt scouting opportunities for those hoping to pursue college football.

The interscholastic league says the plan for school sports will remain fluid and flexible.

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