Fambrough: As 2020-21 seasons unfold, we must continue to adapt, learn new ways to do better

“Do the best you can do until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

Maya Angelou

On a Saturday, somewhat like today, I sat in front of my computer and wrote a column about the impending shutdown of high school sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Seems like a lifetime ago. Yep, those 20 weeks have been long ones. All of us naively thought we would only have to miss sports and our “normal” lives for a few weeks.

Then it turned into week after week of developing a new lifestyle and routines.

We have done the best we can to process and adjust to the changes. Shopping trips are different, and so are work spaces, doctor’s visits and plans we make to eat a meal away from home.

Yes, I am over 100 words into this column and have not mentioned “LHSAA” yet. There is a reason for that. Just as we suffer from COVID-19 overload, I think some of us suffer from PTSSD — post-traumatic sports stress syndrome.

Getting professional sports back has been a nice distraction the past couple of weeks. But the continuing uncertainty about other things, including the NFL, college sports and high school sports remains.

A few weeks ago, I wrote that it was time for us to take a breath. Well, it is time to do it again. The bottom line is this — We do not control this situation. Constantly speculating about or critiquing what the LHSAA, coaches, etc., have done or might do next is not constructive right now.

Sure, we’re told to slow the COVID-19 spread by taking precautions such social distancing, hand-washing and wearing a mask. However, those things guarantee no set date for when Louisiana will enter reopening Phase 3 and Phase 1 of return to competition, which is crucial for high school football.

So, take a step back and breathe. Be thankful for what you have. Watch another game on TV. Take a walk or shoot some hoops at home.

I can tell you that LHSAA football schools can (but are not required to) begin fall workouts this week with the addition of shoulder pads and a modified form of non-contact 7-on-7 and other drills. But I cannot tell you when scrimmages or games will be played.

We crave structure and are so used to our fall routines. We have done the best we can so far. And if we follow advice of the late Maya Angelou, when we know more, we can do better at whatever is needed as the 2020-21 high school seasons hold.

College bound

• Brusly High two-sport athlete Nick Penell decided a school and sport — committing to play football at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee.

Penell played quarterback and led the Panthers to the school’s first quarterfinal berth in football last fall. He earned second-team all-state honors while helping Brusly advance to the Class 3A basketball semifinals.

• Northeast High volleyball players Abreonna Banks and Destiny Turner signed with Kansas Christian College.

Football questionnaire

Yes, there are plenty of unknowns going into the 2020 high school football season, thanks to COVID-19. But The Advocate sports staff asks high school football head coaches to take a leap of faith with us, by filling out our football questionnaire.

Please include as much information as possible to help our staff as we approach coverage for a season that will likely be like no other we’ve ever seen. The link is https://bit.ly/3k9C2kn.

Prep notable

Former Scotlandville High quarterback Levi Lewis of the UL added another preseason watch-list to his résumé Friday.

Lewis made the preseason watch list for the Manning Award announced by the Allstate Sugar Bowl this past week. He is part of the Davey O’Brien Award and Maxwell Award watch lists previously announced.

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