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Orange County meets threshold for football, water polo to compete 

High school football is set to start in a few weeks after the Orange County's COVID-19's numbers dropped below 14 per 100,000.

South Orange County high school football is officially going to begin. 

Just four days after the California Department of Public Health announced it changed the guidelines for youth and high school sports where the adjusted case rate is equal to less than 14 per 100,000, the CIF Southern Section announced some long awaited news. 

“The threshold for outdoor sports to begin competition is 14 cases or lower per 100,000 people, as of Friday, February 26, 2021,” CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod wrote in a release. 

Orange County’s adjusted case number is at 11.9, a drop of 8.8 cases from just one week ago. That means football and water polo could start their seasons in a few weeks. 

“We are ready to go as a program,” Capo Valley football coach Sean Curtis said. “I’ve always kept the faith. The kids have been great and their attitude has always been positive.”

While Orange County, Los Angeles County and San Luis Obispo County have made the threshold, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County and Kern Country are still waiting for their numbers to diminish.

San Juan Hills football coach Rob Frith said theCapo Unified School District athletic directors will have a meeting this afternoon to establish logistics for their sports.  

Born and raised in Dana Point, Ryan went to Dana Hills High School. He graduated from Sacramento State University in 2014 with a BA in Journalism. Throughout his career as a sports journalist, he has covered high schools, colleges, and professional teams. After working for multiple newspapers in as many states, he came to the conclusion that what he really wanted was to make sure the high schools in his hometown area got the sports coverage they deserved. Follow him on Twitter @rskuhn

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