A spark of normalcy: Meridian holds 7 vs 7 football scrimmage

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photo by Emery Johnson

The 7 vs 7 scrimmage will take place at Meridian High School tonight at 6pm. If you don’t feel comfortable going in person, the Meridian journalism team will live stream it. There is a link on the Meridian Publications Facebook page that takes you straight to the broadcast.

Tonight at 6 p.m. at Meridian High school there will be a scrimmage between members of the Meridian football team, who will be split up into three teams. It will run like powderpuff football or flag football. The stands will be closed and the event will also be socially distanced.

“Spectators will be sectioned off in 60×30 feet sections with no more than 50 people in each section and asked to wear masks when social distancing cannot take place,” Micah Sheppard, Meridian High School football coach said.

The teams are split evenly consisting of both quarterbacks, one running back, two inside receivers, and two outside receivers on each team.

“It feels great to kinda have a game-time experience and be able to have fun,” Storm Carroll, a member of the team, said.

The coaches are reffing this game, instead of coaching as usual.

“Why should people come?  Just to see a little bit of normalcy and have an opportunity to watch our kids play some sort of football this fall,” Sheppard said.

Many students miss Friday night football but don’t know how to feel about large gatherings.

“I really miss going to sporting events. Friday night football was always so fun especially because I was in the band, and I wish it was still going on,” Madison Sapp said. “I don’t know if I’m going to go, because it’s gonna be a big event and I just kinda feel weird about that stuff still because of COVID.”

Jonah Brue also misses football but doesn’t know how to feel about returning to how things used to be.

“I think there is a certain value in returning to a sense of normalcy. I do in fact really miss going to football games with my friends,” Brue said, “However safety for ourselves and at-risk people from the community is more important.”

If you would like to watch the live stream of this event head to https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/meridian-high-school-macon-macon-il.