St. James opens first football practice with COVID-19 precautions

High School Football

ST. JAMES – Many Louisiana high school football teams are opening practice this week for the first time in month, and the coaching staffs have a tough task in front of them: training their teams during a pandemic.

St. James held their first practice June 9th and took several precautions, including taking temperatures and sanitizing equipment. Head Coach Robert Valdez has confidence in his team’s plans.

“I think we have a good plan. The coaches are doing a good job. The kids are doing a good job so hopefully we can just maintain health and get some work done,” Valdez said.

The first priority has been player safety. The second step, however, is getting their bodies conditioned for football, and the Wildcats’ staff isn’t rushing the process.

“It’s just getting back in the heat. If you can overcome the heat, you can overcome anything I think in Louisiana. I was expecting not these amount of numbers,” St. James quarterbacks coach Austin Howard said.

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