“We have to make sure,” he added, “we’re comfortable with those other teams and what they’re doing to mitigate the virus.”
What’s immediately at stake, particularly from an historic perspective, is Decatur High’s 100th consecutive football season on the same site between McDonough Street and Commerce Drive (formerly Oliver Street). Decatur has had only one previous cessation in football seasons since its inaugural game on Oct. 13, 1913 (when the school occupied to second floor of what’s now Glenwood Elementary).
Decatur High played one game in 1913, one in 1914 and two in 1915. In October, 1915, a Decatur player named Davis Chambers was killed in a game vs. Marist, on what newspaper accounts called “the McDonough Field,” a site whose location today is utterly forgotten.
But after that fatality, during an era that pre-dated helmets and the sport faced considerable censure nationwide, Decatur didn’t field another football team until 1921. By then DHS had moved to…