Vikings working as normal as possible to usher in DuBose era

Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 5:23 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Lowndes Vikings are the dictionary definition of a traditional power.

But, on Monday, the breakdowns, the masks and extra precautions were anything but traditional.

“Our guys have accepted all the protocols and guidelines and all the things we keep changing,” said new head Lowndes head coach Jamey DuBose. “They keep showing up and we keep getting work done.”

Despite the outside world becoming stranger and stranger, DuBose is optimistic the world inside the Concrete Palace can become a bit more normal, with the GHSA giving the greenlight to 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 last week.

“They enabled us to do a little bit more football and to move a little further along,” he said. “I think that was a great addition but we’re still abiding by the same protocols, though.”

But running a program that can function as normal as possible requires quite the effort from DuBose and his staff: Staggering practices into groups, limiting the numbers workout out indoors at once, keeping masks handy and keeping things sanitary.

“We’re doing everything we can to keep it as safe as we can; we sanitize weight rooms, we lay the balls and sanitize the balls, you saw where the GHSA sent out a thing on keeping the balls sanitized, so we’re trying to stay on top of all the regulations that’s going on to make sure safety’s number one,” he said.

As of now, the GHSA is on course to begin football on time and DuBose is hopeful the Vikings can do their part to keep it that way.

“We’re just trying to progress to kickoff, we’re trying to give these seniors a senior year of football and trying to give these fans something to come out and watch.”

DuBose says one of the upsides of staggered practices is spending extra time with his underclassmen.

The Vikings are slated to open their 2020 campaign on August 22 against Hoover in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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