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High School Football Teams In Maryland Square Off Against The Heat

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Some Maryland high school football teams are working hard to adapt to the extreme conditions.
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Some Maryland high school football teams are working hard to adapt to the extreme conditions.

Rockville High coach Kevin Bernot holds his summer training sessions at 9 a.m. to try to beat the heat.

"That's number one," says Bernot. "We want to get these guys in and out before it got a 100 degrees."

But lately, things are heating up pretty early. Coach Bernot gives his players the option to stay inside, but they choose to work outside anyway.

"I mean it's hot but it's all to get better," says freshman Jack Blackman.

As temperatures rise in the afternoon, though, Richard Montgomery coach Neal Owens says it's not safe in the sun.

"think they said it's a 118 on the field," he says.

But there's still plenty to do inside, like calisthenics, running stairs and hitting the weights. And whether they're inside or outside, getting water is key for all players.

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