High school football game times pushed back due to heat

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- High school football is just a couple of days away all over the state of Missouri.  Normally, fans can count on a 7 p.m. kickoff, but thanks to Mother Nature and the recent heat wave, a couple of school districts decided to make a change and push game times back an hour.

North Kansas City and Blue Springs officials believe the players will benefit from a later start.  Staley Falcons head coach Fred Bouchard agrees.

"Our superintendents conferred and thought that would be best on this Friday night," Bouchard said. "It's amazing what the temperature does between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. literally can be 10-12 degrees difference so I think it's a prudent move certainly support that I think it makes our kids a little safer."

Coach says the heat has also had an impact on his practices this week too.

"We have district guidelines we follow pretty close," he said. "We can't be in full pads once that index is at 95. We're going to cut out time down a little bit, so I told guys let's work fast and be efficient and be sharp in our work."

Falcon players appreciate the help but say the heat is part of the game.

"We get plenty of water breaks  and our coaches keep an eye out for everybody so it's not a big issue," said Virgil Woods, starting center.

Staley, Winnetonka, Blue Springs and Blue Springs South will all have 8 p.m. kickoffs this Friday. No games were affected in Kansas. They don't start until next week.

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