KEARNEY — It was nearly a half hour into Kearney High School’s second official football practice of the fall, and head coach Josh Gray had a message for his Bulldogs.

“Hydrate,” he yelled during a break on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

It’s been a theme for area fall practices as the first two days of activities have come with 90-degree weather and plenty of humidity.

Weather was hot enough to delay the Bulldogs’ first practice on Monday, Aug. 12,and the team only saw one full hour of work on day one. The weather was kinder on Tuesday, allowing the Bulldogs to hit the field at the regularly scheduled 3:30 p.m. time.

“It’s good to get out there,” Gray said. “We had a lot of energy obviously. They understand what we are trying to do. We came out ready to roll for the first day, and we got work done regardless of what the weather was like.”

Senior linebacker Corbin Bevan agreed.

“I felt like even though we had that short practice and we couldn’t put our helmets on, we got a lot done because we had the same focus,” he said. “That’s a big thing for us this year.”

Some of the Bulldogs may have been a little too excited by their own admission.

“All the emotions were built up. We were screaming and yelling,” senior wide receiver Jacob Stevens said of the first day of practice. “We actually had our helmets on running out there but we actually weren’t allowed to have them on so we had to go back and take them off.”

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at or 389-6643.

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