Photos by Shelby Pennington
By Ashton Beck
Due to the storm Friday night, the varsity football game against Male High School was rescheduled to 11 a.m. Saturday. Sweat fell down people’s foreheads, and sunburns grew brighter, so keeping the Highlanders hydrated was an important task for senior football manager Jordyn Boling.
“We had to make sure everyone had enough water. We had to insist the players needed to keep drinking. We had towels soaking in water. It was a struggle,” said Boling.
According to webmd.com, people exercising in severe heat should drink every 15 to 20 minutes to stay hydrated. The heat index for Saturday’s game was 95 degrees, but to call off a game it has to be 105.
Sophomore cheerleader Olivia Babbitt thought it was too hot.
“I would have much rather played in the rain last night than in the heat,” said Babbitt.
With all the equipment on their bodies, the players tried to stay positive.
“It was really hot out there, but since we practiced on the turf, it wasn’t too bad,” said senior Garry Posey.
Freshman Dazzler Rosie Allen said even though it was hot and sweaty they did not allow the heat to affect their performance.
The Highlanders lost to the highly-ranked Bulldogs 49-3. Posey is using this loss for next week.
“I always want to improve and through reviewing the game film a couple hours after the game ended and some guidance from the coaching staff, I know exactly what I need to do to help beat the Pioneers,” said Posey.