Prep players sweat it out for fall football

Posted at 10:12 PM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 23:12:02-04

The hottest day of the year in Milwaukee came on the first day of fall and it was right in the middle of the high school football season.

It meant players are played in some dangerous heat.

"It is extremely hot," said Amanda Hanstad, who is the mother of one of the players.

The cold water flowed for players trying to stay hydrated in all the heat and humidity.

At the start of the game Friday afternoon, it was 93 degrees out. The turf made it between 10 and 15 degrees hotter. That means for the players on the field it felt more like 108 degrees.

The unseasonably warm weather is harder on the body, according to Milwaukee Public Schools head athletic trainer Lisa Strict, because the students are not acclimated. The schools brought in extra ice and cold towels in case someone overheated.

"We just really make sure we are giving them a lot of water breaks, keep them cool. If we see anyone in danger, having trouble, we remove them," Strict said.

Despite that warning, the game tonight between Milwaukee's Pulaski High School and Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education went on at its normal early start time of 4:30 p.m. 

"It's hot but the energy is good," said mother Lillie Robinson.