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Football team holds midnight practice amid pandemic, heat wave

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Football team holds midnight practice amid pandemic, heat wave (Photo: KUTV)

The Stansbury High School football team is having a practicing at midnight on Friday going into Saturday.

“I think we’re going to have a good season and, in the beginning, I didn’t think we were going to have a season,” says sophomore tight end Franklin Joyce.

But there will be a season and, according to the rules, Saturday marks the first time players can have a full-contact practice.

So, head Coach Eric Alder is holding practice at midnight.

“We’re wasting no time, and that’s what it’s all about,” Alder says.

Alder says this summer was much more restrictive. They couldn’t host football camps or do 7-on-7 scrimmages, which is common in a non-COVID world.

“This is just my way to give back and try to get back some of what was lost and make this as fun an experience as fun as we can make it,” Alder says.

Players and coaches aren’t the only ones sacrificing. Parents like Michelle Joyce, whose son is on the team, have been, too.

“I don’t think it will be back to normal, ever ... but we just have to be positive,” Joyce says.

Saturday’s midnight practice is past Joyce’s bedtime, but she says she’ll be there wearing a mask and social distancing.

“We’re not made to stay home and feel sad — we’re meant to go out and enjoy one another and be around people and enjoy all the things that make us feel alive."