Sweltering Heat Causes Delay in High School Football

Published 08/31 2013 03:45PM

Updated 08/31 2013 04:14PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The high school football season is off to a hot start. The high temperature for Friday was 95 degrees, but the humidity made it feel like 100 degrees.

Those high figures delayed some football games before players started warming up.

The football game at Kickapoo High School was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday night, but was pushed back an hour to help with the scorching temperatures.
KOLR10’s meteorologist Lindsay Day says the time difference could have helped it feel about five degrees cooler.

Despite the heat, fans filled the stands with the sun settling low in the sky.

A delay is no problem for spectator Marilyn Simons, who planned to watch the game with her daughter. Simons says she doesn’t care for the high temperatures.

“I think it’s probably a good idea,” Simons says. “I don’t handle heat real well.”

Parkview sophomore Dave Hundley was among some other athletes who braved the heat earlier in the day.  

“It’s been hot, but we practiced real hard,” says Hundley. “We didn’t stop and we didn’t give up… We go hard and if we don’t play hard, we go home.”

Though the students played hard, they are making some exceptions when it comes to beating the heat. 

“It’s pretty hot,” says Hundley. “In fact, I rode a bike home today and I don’t think I’m going to be coated with pads and everything too early in a day like today.”

The athletic director says Springfield schools haven't delayed games well in advance like this in recent years.

He says it's a safety issue and there is no specific trigger for a delay, it's a judgment call.

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