The last of Oregon’s big-school teams to take the field finally kicks off its season Friday night when SBLive Oregon Class 5A No. 1-ranked Thurston takes on crosstown rival Springfield in a Midwestern League matchup.
The Colts, winners of the past two 5A state championships, went into COVID-19 quarantine just a couple of days before their scheduled season opener against Southridge. That game was canceled, and their Week 2 game against Churchill was moved to Oct. 8, when both teams had an open week.
“The mood at practice this week has been electric,” said coach and athletic director Justin Starck. “The kids are extremely excited to finally get to play a game — not to mention we are playing our crosstown rival. They are ready. The Colts are ready!”
At the time the Colts went into quarantine, they had only one active case and several others who previously tested positive. Starck told the Register-Guard the decision to shut down most football activities through Sept. 7 was precautionary.
After getting down to about 35 kids who were able to practice during the quarantine, “we are back to full strength now,” Starck said. “Currently, we are running with over 100 athletes.”
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