On Thursday, the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association announced that it has approved all fall sports to play competitively for the 2020-21 school year. All fall sports teams will be allowed to begin practices on Tuesday, Sept. 8, however the NHIAA further explained that individual schools will have the final decisions if they want to participate in interscholastic competition, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
The Sun reached out to its three area New Hampshire football coaches — Alvirne’s Tarik Rothe, Bishop Guertin’s John Trisciani and Pelham’s Thomas Babaian — to get their pespective on the approval from the NHIAA. It’s a step in the right direction and I think it’s giving people hope. I’m just hoping that it follows through to the next step, even if it’s a shortened season. We are supposed to start on Sept. 8 and I would assume if we are allowed to play that it’ll be a shortened season. I don’t care if we play one football game, I just want these kids to have an opportunity to play football this year.
Rothe will be entering his fourth season as head coach. Last year he guided the Broncos to an 8-3 overall record, which included losing in the Division 2 semifinals to Plymouth, 14-7. He was asked about his gut feeling on the final decision to be made on Monday. I feel that it’s a 50-50 shot,” he said. “They allowed us to do some summer workouts and follow certain safety protocols, and I feel like we did a great job and I feel like the kids also did a great job of following the protocols. We followed all of the guidelines so hopefully this shows them that if there are guidelines, people will follow them and we will do whatever it takes to have a football season.