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Zephyrhills Christian Academy will play host to Central Florida Christian on Sept. 4. Kickoff for the game is slated for 7 p.m. The Warriors will become one of the first teams in the Tampa Bay area to take the field since last fall when the 2019 season ended.

ZEPHYRHILLS — The first game of the 2020 Pasco County prep football season won’t take place on Sept. 11, but rather a week earlier.

Zephyrhills Christian Academy will play host to Central Florida Christian on Sept. 4. Kickoff for the game is slated for 7 p.m. The Warriors will become one of the first teams in the Tampa Bay area to take the field since last fall when the 2019 season ended. 

With the current COVID-19 pandemic still going on throughout the state, high school sports have taken a back seat to the new normal going on around the country. High schools around the nation have been awaiting to get back on the practice field and the Florida High School Athletic Association approved schools starting practice back up on Aug. 24.

The Warriors are coming off a solid 2019 season in which Zephyrhills Christian was able to clinch a postseason berth in Class 2A. Zephyrhills Christian did lose one of the top lineman in the area in Malik Jones, who is now playing college football at Florida Atlantic University. Head coach Mike Smith heads up a younger group but returns a talented team that should be amongst one of the top private schools on the North Suncoast.

Andy Villamarzo can be reached at  andyvillamarzo@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @avillamarzo.