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Effingham scrimmage a week away; heat cancels contact
The wait will soon be over.
Football contact drills at SCHS were supposed to crank up on Tuesday, however, the contact did not commence as the heat index was above the limit allowed by the GHSA for a practice in full pads.
With more of the same, indices over 100, predicted for this week, the first day of contact may be further delayed. The team did go though its two-hour limit in helmets and shoulder pads.
Whatever type of practice head coach Ron Duncan is able to get in, it is in preparation for next week’s almost game-style scrimmage in Springfield with the AAAAA Effingham County Rebels.
The event is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. St. John’s Island, S.C., will be here for the regular season opener on Aug. 21, barely two weeks away.
After missing the always anticipated first day of contact, Duncan was quite upbeat.
“We went out in helmets and shoulder pads,” Duncan said. “We will take the necessary precautions. I told the kids we have to make the best of what we have. We can’t waste any time. There are plenty of veterans on this team to help keep things going. Everything started off really strong, really good, but we struggled at the tail end, the heat just got to us.”
Asked if he was disappointed in missing day one in full pads and maybe more days this week, Duncan quickly replied, “When I was younger, I used to worry about the weather, whether it was football practice or playing golf. Now I realize that God is gonna do what God is gonna do. We just make the most out of what we have … today was no different.”
Originally, Duncan said that a scrimmage on the turf of Kelly Memorial Stadium this Friday was a possibility. Following practice on Tuesday, that did not seem as likely.
“At this point, I really don’t know,” he said. “It depends on what the week gives us. There are some scrimmages in South Carolina that might allow us to see St. John’s or Wade Hampton.”