NORTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- It's a go for many high school football teams across the state as players get to put on their helmets and get ready for a fall two season except for one local team.
The Northampton High School football team is fighting for their season after hearing the news they won't be allowed back on the field.
Monday, the Northampton High School football team gathered at city hall protesting against this decision, holding posters that said let us play after the school committee had decided to vote no on a fall 2 season.
"We've been playing our whole lives with the same group of guys, coming in every year, and it's devastating to see our last year kind of getting taken away from us like this,” one Northampton football player said.
A disappointed Northampton High School football team learned they aren't getting the green light to take the field this season.
"It hurts a lot, it's sad. Yeah, we've done a lot of preparation for this upcoming year, the last three years, we got a weight lifting program going where the entire team shows up after school, we practice every day. We can't really see people as much because of COVID restrictions so it would be not only a good thing to do, but for us as young kids, a lot of fun and they're taking it away from us, which I think is very unfair," Northampton football player Ben Sledzieski said.
This came after the Northampton School Committee voted no to the fall two season because they believe it's just too dangerous during this pandemic.
"We are continuing to follow the COVID-19 mandatory policies and procedures prohibiting certain sports and recreational activities in the city of Northampton that is in order, that was imposed by the board of health from November 13, and that is still the current active order, and we have respected that order throughout the fall and winter seasons, as well as the fall 2 upcoming season," Northampton Public Schools Superintendent John Provost said.
Provost said they're doing what's necessary to keep everyone safe.
"The decision that we have consistently made, consistently throughout, is to follow the guidance of our board of health,” Provost said.
But these senior players aren't settling for that answer as they protested outside of city hall on Monday. While they also respect the health and safety of everyone they can do this the right way.
"My mom has type one diabetes so she is at risk for the coronavirus, but I would take proper precautions so we would be safe, and I don't infect her. It just means the world for us, we'll do anything to get our shot. And I think it's good for our mental health. We'll wear masks, we'll wear two masks, we'll wear three masks, it doesn't matter we'll do anything to play, we'll follow every rule. We just want to have our season," one Northampton football player said.
The only possibility of this changing depends on the city’s board of health and their instructions on further COVID guidelines.