DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Homecoming Week is here for the Dothan Wolves, but because of COVID-19 a lot of work has had to be put in both on and off the field to get this far into the season.
“At Dothan City Schools, we’ve seen that COVID can really hurt morale sometimes but at Dothan City Schools we aren’t going to let it stop us, we aren’t going to even let rain, rain on our parade today. You know at Dothan City Schools we are making sure that everybody knows we are still celebrating and we are still in a great mood,” said Meagan Dorsey, public information officer for DCS.
Even with the homecoming parade and festivities being different this year to abide by COVID-19 precautions, Coach Smitty Grider agrees that homecoming week is a morale boost.
“Dealing with the hurricane last week, not getting to practice having to play a game, so this whole year has been crazy, this has been as close to a normal week we’ve had all year,” Grider said.
For a population of close to 8000 students, the DCS COVID Dashboard shows there are 18 active positive COVID cases among students and staff, while another 77 are in quarantine. Parents have noticed differences in the school year and football season but are happy to be celebrating homecoming with their community.
“I think the school administration has done an excellent job in putting something together despite the limitations and restrictions that we have, but to be able to do this is a great turn out and I think that everybody has responded well,” said one Dothan High Parent, Jason Sharp.
For the players, even though the season hasn’t gone as planned, it’s still precious.
“God definitely blessed us with a season, I mean most of the people in the country aren’t even having a season so we are just fortunate we get to play,” said Bauer Sharp, Dothan High quarterback.
The team’s morale is high heading into Friday’s football game after the parade and pep rally, we’ll see what they have on Friday night during The Extra Point.