Seeking Further Review, Football Community Rallies

Governor Calls for Friday CIAC-DPH Huddle

Dave Mager
September 10, 2020 - 1:22 am
CT high school football players, families, coaches rally at the State Capitol, 9/9/20. They're seeking reversal of CIAC's cancellation of season.

Dave Mager, WTIC News

Disappointed but not feeling completely defeated, the state's high school football community is calling for a reverse.

A few thousand students, their families and coaches from every corner of the state showed up at the State Capitol for a loud rally on Wednesday night. Chanting "Let them play," they argue that their sport is an annual ritual that's worth the risk of coronavirus transmission, which the state Department of Public Health (DPH) considers high.

"These guys deserve a season," said Southington High School Head Coach Mike Drury. "They've worked too hard for too many years... to let it be pulled away."

It's unclear if the CIAC's decision to cancel the season will be reconsidered, but Gov. Ned Lamont is pushing for a huddle between DPH and state high school athletics officials.

Late Wednesday, Gov. Ned Lamont issued this statement, via Twitter: "I'm calling for a meeting between @CTDPH and @ciacsports to be held on Friday regarding ways to safely hold school sports. We have an obligation to all of our students, faculty, staff, and administrators to keep them safe, and I expect that goal to be the focus of the discussion."

Asked if the organized effort and the large turnout at Wednesday's rally might impact the process, Drury said, "I like our odds. We're looking to demand change and it's time for the leaders that be to understand that let's fall in the line with all the other stuff that's being allowed in the state and allow these guys a season."