On a gorgeous summer evening in late August, Bailey Wasdal and some friends were on the beach soaking up the sun along the Northumberland Strait at Cribbons Point in Antigonish County.
Normally, the third-year quarterback with the StFX X-Men football program and his teammates would more than likely be on the sizzling turf of their campus field, game-planning for the 2020 AUS season.
But, amidst a continuing global pandemic, little remains 'normal.'
In early June, AUS officials announced the cancellation of its fall varsity sports' schedule, including competition in the five-team football league.
"We would be going through the grind," Wasdal, a Calgary native, says of typical circumstances this time of year.
The X-Men were scheduled to kick-off this season's schedule with an Aug. 29 road game against the Bishop's Gaiters, while the defending conference champion Acadia Axemen would have welcomed the rival Saint Mary's Huskies.
"We have been doing this our whole lives," Wasdal says of preparing for and playing the sport they love in the late summer and early fall.
He adds it has been "very different."