It takes a lot for the 52 players of the D'Iberville Warriors to remain 4A high school football champions, but practicing on days when the heat index reaches over 100 degrees, players have to tackle more than each other - they have to tackle staying safe in the heat.
"We give them at least 4 or 5 water breaks during the practice and then they are free to get water and then we've got girls out here to go around and kind of cool them off a little bit. That's kind of tough. You know it's really hot right now,"said coach Louis Smith.
But it's not simply about fluid intake.
These guys' health depends on what they do BEFORE they hit the field for two and a half hours everyday.
During their summer break, many of them were conditioned to endure the heat through weightlifting and running, as well as monitoring their diet.
Now, the Warriors are fortunate enough to have a certified athletic trainer on staff to monitor their health on the gridiron. But even so, the only way for these warriors to beat the heat is to take responsibility on and off the field.
Heat safety applies to everyone, so here are a few ways for you to keep cool in the heat.
If possible, try to stay out of the sun.
Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible to prevent sunburn.
Drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids.
Eat small meals, and eat more often.
Consider going to public pools and air-conditioned stores and malls.