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Lee County and Westover prepare for heat

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Michael Ervin Michael Ervin
Chris Barnes Chris Barnes
Keith Wagoner Keith Wagoner
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LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Players will hit Trojan Field for a game televised on ESPNU tomorrow--a day when record high temperatures are expected in south Georgia.

As a result, officials from both schools came together and decided to move the game to 9 AM. That's a decision that parents are happy about.

"Yes I'm excited about the 9 o'clock game," said Cheryl Sampson.

"I was concerned through the week and did a lot of praying about it. And was real happy when they sent the email out yesterday that they had changed it," said the father of Trojan's quarterback, Keith Wagoner.

"I'm so much happier that it'll be 88 degrees in the morning instead of 101 in the afternoon," said Michael Ervin.

"I'm glad that the two schools came together and decided to come up with a better time. I think that's a good thing," said Lee County father Chris Barnes.

The concern all week has been making sure players are hydrated.

"He's been drinking. I make him drink 32 ounces in the morning and 32 ounces at night," said Ervin.

"He's been hydrating. I've kept him on the water. He's been drinking the water," said Sampson.

But parents and fans, who will be sitting in these bleachers right under the sun, need to be cautious too.

Lee County brought in tents and misters for fans, but most have been preparing all week.

"Oh yes plenty of water all week," said Barnes.

"We have a fan; my wife bought a wide brimmed hat; we the little misters; they're going to have the misting tents available," said Wagoner.

"It's going to be kind of hot in those stands, but I'll have my Gatorade and my water with me and my fan and my hat on. So I'll be prepared to withstand the heat," said Ervin.

Temperatures will be around 84 at kickoff but by the end of the game. It will feel well over 100 degrees.

Anyone going to the game is encouraged to drink plenty of water and even take umbrellas for shade.

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