Schools prepare for football under governor’s restrictions

High school football is set to get underway in the county this year with restrictions due to COVID-19.
Gov. Tate Reeves has issued a mandate calling for limits to crowds at sporting events, including the upcoming football season.
Crowd sizes will be limited to two people per player, cheerleader, band member or any other student participating in an extracurricular activity.
Also, with the new order, Reeves has extended the statewide mask mandate for two more weeks, expiring Aug. 31.
But the governor says he expects to extend the mask order, saying the only way to loosen restrictions is to continue to follow masking and social distancing mandates.
The Salem Wildcats season kicks off Sept. 4 at Loyd Star, followed by another away game at Sacred Heart Sept. 11. Salem’s first home game is with Stringer on Sept. 18.
Tylertown High School Chiefs begin their play with a jamboree game Aug. 28 at home against North Pike. The teams will play two quarters. The regular THS season starts with a home game against the McComb Tigers Sept. 4, followed by an away game with Germantown on Sept. 11.

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