Now that there’s a three-week summer practice period in place for prep sports, here comes the real game plan for Putnam County football coaches: How do you maintain the semblance of workouts while also continuing to follow possible social distancing and health guidelines due to the coronavirus?

Certainly, some people were disappointed when the Friday Night Rivals North-South All-Star Football Classic announced Wednesday that it had to postpone the 67th installment of its game until July 10, pending approval from state and local authorities because of the coronavirus pandemic.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Eighth in a series. Staff writer Rick Ryan has seen a lot come and go in his newspaper career. Following are recollections from his days at the Wheeling Intelligencer (1978-90), Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times (1990-94) and Charleston Gazette-Mail (1994-2020).

Now that the Secondary School Activities Commission has canceled spring sports, along with what was left of basketball season, the focus becomes whether or not West Virginia high school athletics can return in time for fall sports, with football being the prime concern.

Joey Fields has been part of some of the most successful prep football programs in West Virginia. Now he’ll take the lessons learned and successes achieved there and apply them to Herbert Hoover High’s program.