Opting out of state series possible for area teams

Plans are in motion by Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties to form their own football league for the 2020 season.

If that decision is made, it means the schools involved have to opt out of playing in the state playoffs this year. But it’s uncertain at this point if a traditional postseason will even be a part of the equation because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Football coaches from around Northwest Florida met last week to discuss that option. Jason Weeks, the athletic director for Santa Rosa County, gives credit to the coaches for taking the initiative.

“It’s still preliminary right now but kudos to the coaches for thinking outside the box,” Weeks said. “They are doing what they can for their athletes to salvage some kind of season.”

The plan is for teams in the three-county region to play a schedule against each other over the course of eight to 10 games and then have a playoff at the end of the season.

Read the full article in the July 30 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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