High school football coaches make adjustments as Jackson water crisis continues

Jackson high school football coaches are making adjustments to keep players safe during the city’s ongoing water crisis.”I think one of the good things about it (is) we’ve had a lot of the community come together and donate water,” said Forest Hill head football coach Charles Moore. Moore said the Forest Hill High School football team will have no shortage of water to stay hydrated and safe when they’re on the field for Friday night games.”They consume a lot of water,” Moore said. “Like I said, we have cases of water. We make sure we fill our coolers up with bottled water. We don’t use the tap water.”Moore said the dwindling supply of water in the locker room would soon be replenished with new donations from local churches and businesses.”I think our trainers have done a great job. Our coaches have done a great job. I know, obviously, we’re mindful of it,” said Jimmy Messer, Jackson Academy associate head for student life.Messer said JA never lost water pressure, but the school is still taking precautions to make sure players and fans at the games won’t have to worry about drinking contaminated water.”We shut down water fountains like a lot of other people have, but we’ve been able to — between our cafeteria and our concession stand — we’re just selling bottled drinks. Obviously not doing anything through the fountain drinks that would have the water,” Messer said.Forest Hill had to come up with a plan for football players to shower after practice because the school had no water pressure for a week.”We changed practice time so they’re able to go home and get a shower,” Moore said. “There are other times we’ll just practice after school, so when practice is over with, they’re able to go home.”The Forest Hill area is notorious for low water pressure because of its elevation. Any major disruption at the water plant could force administrators to quickly make changes for students in the classroom and on the practice field.

Jackson high school football coaches are making adjustments to keep players safe during the city’s ongoing water crisis.

“I think one of the good things about it (is) we’ve had a lot of the community come together and donate water,” said Forest Hill head football coach Charles Moore.

Moore said the Forest Hill High School football team will have no shortage of water to stay hydrated and safe when they’re on the field for Friday night games.

“They consume a lot of water,” Moore said. “Like I said, we have cases of water. We make sure we fill our coolers up with bottled water. We don’t use the tap water.”

Moore said the dwindling supply of water in the locker room would soon be replenished with new donations from local churches and businesses.

“I think our trainers have done a great job. Our coaches have done a great job. I know, obviously, we’re mindful of it,” said Jimmy Messer, Jackson Academy associate head for student life.

Messer said JA never lost water pressure, but the school is still taking precautions to make sure players and fans at the games won’t have to worry about drinking contaminated water.

“We shut down water fountains like a lot of other people have, but we’ve been able to — between our cafeteria and our concession stand — we’re just selling bottled drinks. Obviously not doing anything through the fountain drinks that would have the water,” Messer said.

Forest Hill had to come up with a plan for football players to shower after practice because the school had no water pressure for a week.

“We changed practice time so they’re able to go home and get a shower,” Moore said. “There are other times we’ll just practice after school, so when practice is over with, they’re able to go home.”

The Forest Hill area is notorious for low water pressure because of its elevation. Any major disruption at the water plant could force administrators to quickly make changes for students in the classroom and on the practice field.

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