High school football starts tonight; WashCo teams open up tomorrow
A high school football game in Herriman is getting some national attention because of its status as the first to be played in the U.S. since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Tonight's game between Herriman and Davis high schools will have less than a thousand people watching in person, as the Jordan School District has limited attendance to just 25-percent of the stadium's capacity.
Fans attending the game have also signed a pledge to wear a mask and observe social distancing requirements in the stands.
Each team will be allowed just 50 players on the sidelines, and the sideline area has been expanded to discourage crowding.
Locally, Dixie and Crimson Cliffs will be hosting football games Friday night.
"Masks are required for every patron on school property," said Washington County School District communications director Steve Dunham. "We are asking people to socially distance as much as possible as much as they can as well. Basically, we're following all of the UHSAA's recommendations."
Dixie athletic director Mike Bair said that all fans and players can be safe if they're careful.
"Mask up," he said. "We'll have signs up about socially distancing, but we should be all right."
Dixie hosts Springville at 7 p.m. Friday night and Crimson Cliffs plays host to Manti.
The rest of the schools in St. George area are on the road (see below).
Friday night lights -- football schedule
Snow Canyon at Cyprus, 5:30 p.m.
Pine View-Ridgeline (at Westlake HS), 6 p.m. (broadcast on 890-KDXU)
Springville at Dixie, 7 p.m. (broadcast on 890-KDXU)
Manti at Crimson Cliffs, 7 p.m. (broadcast on ESPN 97.7 FM and CEC-TV)
Hurricane at Richfield, 7 p.m.
Desert Hills at Murry, 7 p.m.
Payson at Canyon View, 7 p.m.
Spanish Fork at Cedar, 7 p.m.