Even before the Kentucky High School Athletic Association's Board of Control Meeting wrapped up on Tuesday afternoon, football coaches across the state sprung into action to make changes to their 2020 schedules.
"It was fast and furious," Madison Central coach Mark Scenters said.
The KHSAA approved a plan that would have the regular season start on Sept. 11 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the playoffs beginning on Nov. 13.
That scenario means the first three weeks of the season were eliminated (Aug. 22, 29 and Sept. 4), but an additional regular-season game was added to the end (Nov. 6).
Teams were also allowed to fill their regularly scheduled open dates with another game.
The result of all the changes is the possibility of a nine-game regular season and plenty of coaches looking to make last-minute adjustments.
"There are a few question marks," Scenters said.
As of Wednesday, Madison Central and Madison Southern both still have open spots on the schedule.
The long-time cross-county rivals, though, have agreed to play in 2020. The game, which was set for Sept. 4, is now scheduled for the regular-season finale on Nov. 6 in Berea.
That move filled one of the vacancies in Southern's schedule. However, the Eagles do not yet have an opponent for Oct. 23.
"If we can find a game, we will," Southern coach Jon Clark said. "If we can't, we can't."
The rest of the Southern's schedule remains pretty much the same. The Eagles will take on Lexington Christian Academy on Sept. 11 at home in the Doc Sipple Bowl, before a match-up with Pulaski County the next week in Berea.
District games against Collins, East Jessamine, Woodford County and West Jessamine lead into a bye week, followed by a trip to Danville to take on Boyle County (Oct. 30) and showdown with Madison Central at home (Nov. 6).
The Indians are also still looking for potential opponents as well.
The season-opening Roy Kidd Bowl at Central was canceled, along with a home game against Anderson County (Aug. 28).
The Indians were scheduled to play Danville on Sept. 11 at the Doc Sipple Bowl in Berea. Southern officials decided not to make the annual event a doubleheader, as it has been in the past, because of health concerns.
At this point, Central and Danville have not agreed to a plan to play in the season opener.
The Indians had an off week scheduled for Oct. 2, which has still not yet been filled.
"We are just going to have to plan for the unplannable," Scenters said.
The rest of Central's schedule is unchanged.
The Indians have a home game against Lafayette (Sept. 18), before a trip to Dixie Heights (Sept. 25). District match-ups against Oldham County (Oct. 9 at home), Clark County (Oct. 16 at home) and Bryan Station (Oct. 23 in Lexington) follow before a home game against Southwestern (Oct. 30) and a trip to Madison Southern.
Berea Community had to make several adjustments, but will still end up playing the same nine opponents that were originally on the schedule.
The season opener against Jackson County at home was moved from Aug. 21 to Nov. 6
A match-up with Harlan in Berea was switched from Aug. 28 to Sept. 25 and a game with Caverna was moved from Sept. 5 to Oct. 3.
"We were very fortunate," Berea coach Tony Degregorio said of his team's schedule. "All of those teams had open dates that we could work with."
Berea is set to open the season on Sept. 11 at home against Clinton County. The Pirates will travel to Sayre on Sept. 18, before a game against Harlan at home (Sept. 25) and a trip to Caverna (Oct. 3).
District play opens with a match-up against Kentucky Country Day in Louisville (Oct. 9), followed by a home game against Eminence (Oct. 16) and a trip to Frankfort (Oct. 23).
The Pirates travel to Jellico, Tenn. on Oct. 30 before finishing up the regular season at home against Jackson County (Nov. 6).