Turnovers … by Alan B. Gibson

Posted August 23, 2023 at 11:39 am

Fall sports get a blast of heat
Just as the outdoor fall sports got up and running full speed, Mother Nature threw her twist in the mix and the hottest stretch of days we’ve experienced this year are surrounding us.
With no rain in sight for several days, and temperatures predicted to be in the upper 90’s, our coaches with golf, football and soccer, the three outdoor offerings in the CCHS fall sports lineup – have to keep a constant eye on the weather conditions.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has strict guidelines that all coaches must adhere to when it comes to monitoring the weather conditions.  Equipment to measure the heat index, the factor used in determining precautions taken for outdoor sports activities, is always just an arm’s length away.
In a nutshell, water breaks, frequency of breaks, equipment usage and the frequency of temperature heat index checks are broken down into three groups, changing when  heat indexes rise to under 95 degrees, 95 to 99 degrees and 100 to 104 degrees.
When the heat index reaches more than 104 degrees, all outdoor activities are halted.
The heat has already forced changes for CCHS fall sports, both Monday’s and Tuesday’s All ‘A’ Classic Fourth Region Golf Tournaments were time shifted to later starting times due to the extreme heat.
It was brutal on the course during the All ‘A’ golf tournaments, and I was only carrying a camera.  Then again, I’m not 16 years old either.

Dawgs fall to Jackson, but mount an
“almost” enough comeback
Our gridiron Dawgs showed a high level of grit Friday night in the season opener, dropping the decision by a single point to Jackson County,  Tennessee, 21-20.
Falling behind early on Bulldog Field, the Dawgs trailed 14-0 at halftime, but mounted a comeback effort that saw them drop the decision by just a single point.
The Dawgs will be on the road this Friday night, but not far, traveling to neighboring Wayne County to take on the Cardinals.
Wayne County picked up a “W” in its season opening contest last Friday night, traveling to East Jessamine and earning a 35-28 win over the Jaguars.
Friday night’s game at Cardinal Field will kickoff at 6:30 Central (our time), 7:30 Eastern.
Don’t dress for what one would think is traditional “Friday Night Lights” weather – predictions are that we’ll still be wrapped in this heat wave when game time rolls around.
The game should be played under a mostly clear sky, with temperature at kickoff in the low 80s, probably not dropping below 75 throughout the game.
Good luck Dawgs!