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Coming off a 15-1 record last year, the Post Antelopes are already back on the field, prepping for another successful football season.
In fact, summer workouts for all seventh through twelfth grade student athletes began June 8 and are set to run through July 30 with two-a-days officially beginning Aug. 3.
Athletic Director Michael Pittman has announced that all mandatory UIL COVID-19 guidelines are in place, including that athletes are only allowed to attend one workout session per day. Other guidelines include no usage of locker rooms, showering facilities, shared towels, or shared drinks. Additionally, hand sanitizing stations are available for the athletes’ convenience at all times.
Along with the introduction of new COVID-19 guidelines, the University Interscholastic League has made additional changes. The long-standing rule of not broadcasting high school football games live on Friday night will be waived this fall.
“The Friday night lights element still exists in Texas and we don’t believe COVID-19 is going to do away with that,” UIL Executive Director Charles Breithaupt said. “But I do believe this is the time for us to stand down on our Friday night broadcast rule. It’s not permanent, it’s just a one-time venture because we know this, there will be many people who stay away because they are fearful, particularly the elderly and our senior citizens. We want to give them a chance to see the games based on what the local districts allow.”
With the allowance of live, video broadcasting now in place, fans can expect to watch the Bold Gold Antelopes play a victorious season from the stands or from the comfort of their own home.
According to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine, the Antelopes are predicted to take first in District 2-2A Division 1. The Antelopes are also ranked third in the State 2-2A Division 1 preseason top 25 rankings with Shiner and Refugio leading.
Pittman also has high hopes for the Antelopes, saying that while he doesn’t dwell on the past, he does look forward to the future.
The Antelopes are scheduled kick off the 2020 season Aug. 28 when they play the Tolar Rattlers at 7:30 p.m.