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Heat affects football games, practices

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LIBERTY, MO (KCTV) -

After an unusually cool August, the searing heat has returned with a vengeance.

Most high schools in Missouri kick off the football season Friday night and a number of schools have pushed kickoff to 8 p.m. Practices are also pushed back or moved up to the morning.

At Blue Springs High, practices are shorter and pads are remaining off. The highly anticipated showdown versus Staley will kickoff an hour later than originally planned.

"I think it's just a good idea to err on the side of caution," Blue Springs Athletic Director Frank Wheeler said.

At Lee's Summit West High School, a player had to be checked out at the hospital due to heat exhaustion. The district says mandatory water breaks including during games will help prevent issues.

"About mid-quarter at a natural stopping point they will stop the game and take an official time out where the kids can get hydrated," Lee's Summit School District Athletic Director Richard Bechard said.

Additional water breaks will be taken as needed.

District leaders are also ensuring band members stay hydrated. At Liberty North, the heavy band uniforms will stay shelved. Students will wear band T-shirts and team khakis.

Fans are encouraged to stay hydrated and avoid energy drinks.

For a complete list of starting times on Friday affected by the heat, click here.

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