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Local high school football team facing problems under extreme heat

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High school football teams are facing health risks as they practice outside during extreme temperatures. (Credit: KMOV) High school football teams are facing health risks as they practice outside during extreme temperatures. (Credit: KMOV)

SOUTH COUNTY (KMOV.com) - High school football teams are facing health risks as they practice outside during extreme temperatures.

Football players at Oakville high school have a unique mentality when it comes to dealing with heat.

“Suck it up, everyone’s feeling the same so you can’t really feel bad for one another,” said Chase Girogi, a middle linebacker senior student.

The 11-year-old tar the players practice on is melting the turf under the feet, according to the team.

“The stuff you see on the ground, the tar, the tire is coming up because the heat has melted and blazed the grass already,” said head coach Arlee Connors.

Even in the heat, Giorgi said coaches still want players focused and doing their best but taking more water breaks.

As of now, the Oakville high school coaching staff said it’s not practicing twice a day.

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