TF South to play first football game of the school year—Friday, March 19

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (March 5, 2021) – On Friday, March 19, the TF South football team will take to the field for the first time since 2019. The usual fall football season was delayed by COVID-19 concerns and has been replaced by what is currently scheduled to be a six-game spring season.

TF South will host Bremen High School for the match-up, which starts at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played according to IHSA guidelines, which mandate that all players and coaches must be masked at all times.

TF South Athletic Director Marc Brewe said the game will be open to some spectators, though the exact capacity restrictions are still being determined. Interested in-person spectators are invited to call the TF South Athletic Department at 708-585-2061 for more information.

Brewe also said the game will be live-streamed via the TF South Athletics YouTube page.

Though playing football after only two-and-a-half weeks of practice with limited fan attendance and no pep band or marching band is not ideal, players and coaches are happy to be playing.

Friday’s contest will also be the first game the TF South football team will play without its “Rebels” nickname. After a decision in August to drop the racially-charged “Rebels” nickname from the school, the team’s jerseys will simply say, “TF South” according to Brewe.

Though remnants of the former TF South team name still exist, player uniforms have been updated following an August decision based on student survey results. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma, March 6, 2021)

The full team schedule for the 2021 season is available here.