NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Friday night lights are officially on for the high school football season, and it got off to a steamy start.
With temperatures in the mid-90s, and the heat index over 100, players and fans across Middle Tennessee spent week zero struggling to stay cool.
"It's very humid," said Suprenia Bond, a fan who braved the heat to watch Pearl Cohn take on Glencliff High School. "It would have been better to have the game earlier in the week when it was cooler, but we are true fans. We will make it."
While fans kept water nearby, referees monitored conditions on the field to make sure players stayed safe. Players and cheerleaders took frequent water breaks.
The heat didn't ruin the atmosphere at the games, and fans and players were determined to battle through.
"I drink Gatorade and try and stay in the shade," said Charles Overstreet, a Glencliff High School fan. "I wouldn't miss it for the world."