BG Purples React to Death of Henderson Football Player

By: Amy Bingham
By: Amy Bingham

The death of the Henderson County High football player has sent shockwaves throughout the state.

Bowling Green High Football Coach Kevin Wallace says the tragedy is the ultimate fear of coaches.

Like every high school football program around the state the purples are gearing up for another season on the grid-iron.

But Coach Wallace says they take every precaution possible to keep the players safe. In this type of weather, they're trying to stay alive.

Head Coach Kevin Wallace says every precaution is taken, including taking the field as late as possible to avoid the heat of the day.

The heat index is a number coaches are required to know well. A few years ago the Kentucky High School Athletic Association mandated that no outdoor practices be held if the index reaches 105 degrees.

The afternoon indexes have been close, but the later it gets, the more relief there is.

Senior Chris Tucker says even though they haven't had any heat problems at Bowling Green, news of Ryan Owen's death in Henderson definitely grabbed their attention.

Bowling Green kicks off its season August 19 with the Rafferty's Bowl at Western.

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