As the South Bakes, Is it Too Hot for High School Football?

8/14/2012

Lightning strikes above the live oaks lining the practice field in this coastal town in southeast Georgia. Coach Jeff Herron blows his whistle three times, giving the evacuation orders. A cheer of "Hey!" erupts from the 160 football players as they happily hustle off the field and into the gym. Coach Herron doesn't share their enthusiasm. A lost practice puts his Camden County High School Wildcats — three-time state champions, in '03, '08, and '09 — even further behind schedule. On Aug. 1, the team was forced to scale back its first full-contact practice due to this year's new statewide heat rules. "It was on the border," Herron said of that day's weather reading, a complex formula of temperature, humidity and radiant heat. "We were planning on coming out in full pads, but we couldn't do it."To read more, click here.