NEWTON, Kan. (KAKE) - Teams hit the football field in full uniforms across Kansas Friday night. In Newton, the high school's fall fest got pushed back because of the the heat. The timing for fall fest all had to do with the wet bulb globe temperature. The high school scrimmage got underway at 9:15 p.m. 

“I'm not too worried about it. I think the coaches have prepared us very well for the heat,” said Newton High School Senior Keon Edwards, who plays outside linebacker. 

Edwards has prepared all week for Friday night lights scrimmage, after the sun went down. But getting ready for it this week meant practicing before the sun came up.

“We've been practicing at 5 a.m. this week. Yesterday we went in at 5:30 a.m. They got to sleep in this morning. They were like all refreshed because they got to sleep an extra hour and a half,” said Greg Slade, Head High School Football Coach. 

The early wake-ups were the only way players could be outdoors with pads on. Coach Slade says the wet bulb globe temperature that figures in things like heat, humidity, sunshine and wind, has been tested hour by hour to ensure the safety of the players.

“Because of the stuff we've done this week, by testing even at 7 and 8, we have a good idea we'll be good to go,” said Slade.

It also helps that teams play for only a limited time during these scrimmages. Still Slade says players are getting valuable time on the field running plays, before the high school football season kicks off.

“Our variety will be on 15 offensive plays and 15 defensive plays. That might be a quarter of a game, maybe a third of a game,” said Slade.

Edwards says he's going to be much more focused on what's happening on the field than the thermometer.

“I know it's a scrimmage. We're not going to get overworked tonight. Coach has been making sure we stay hydrated plenty,” said Edwards. 

In total, there were 60 plays between all four grades. The coaches had water ready, a trainer and doctor on standby in case something happened to any of the players.