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Concerns over heat as high school football season starts

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BRANDON, MS (WLBT) - Friday marks the official start of the high school football season in Mississippi.  All across the Jackson Metro area fans packed the stands to cheer on their favorite team. 

The field lights were on and the stands were full.  "I think it was great.  Everybody is coming out.  It's going to be so crowded," said Brandon High School parent Charla Bowden.

Obviously it is exciting because it is the first game of the year and that's what we look forward to.  Our guys are really excited.  It's a huge game," said Brandon High School Head Football Coach Brad Peterson.

Football season was heating up and so were the temperatures. "I'm burning up, but it's all worth while," said Brandon High parent Jennifer McGowan.

Before the game fans loaded up on cold drinks and there were plenty to go around. "It's an extremely hot night.  We hope to have a very large crowd.  We ordered a lot of extra drinks, have them iced down and ready to go," said Brandon Band Boosters President Jonathan Chaney.

Water and sports drinks are what keep players safe too.  "They're asked to take plenty of fluids to the practice field, the ice chest, the Gatorades, and whatever else is refreshing for the kids," said Jackson Public School Athletic Director Anna Jackson.

When it comes to practicing for the big game frequent breaks are required.  "You have to take precautions. I talked to Coach Brown at Clinton and we talked about not knowing if our guys are in great shape or not because it is hard to push them sometimes when it is so hot.  He made a great point, "I rather them cramp up in the first game then fall out in practice dead. We have to take a lot of precautions in practice and we've done that," said Coach Peterson.

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