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Severe Weather Poses Danger For Athletes On Football Field

Posted August 31, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Even the most die-hard football fans need to have enough sense to come in out of the rain. After a week of severe weather, players and fans were keeping a close eye on the skies Friday.

Heavy rain and lightning can be a real danger. Several games were canceled or postponed because of the severe weather.

The athletic directors at Wake County schools stay in constant contact during a game, which helps in the decision process.

"We anticipate a lot of this stuff and try to make the right call," says Wake Forest-Rolesville football coach Chuck Hess. "It's still a judgment call. Sometimes we're right, and sometimes we're wrong."

Players also have a greater chance getting hurt on a wet, soggy field.