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Marist Football finds ways around smoky conditions

Marist Drew Lara (#1) is ready to catch a deep pass thrown by quarterback Reow Jackson (#7). Marist defeated Eagle Point 35-21 on Friday night. Photo by Jacob Smith, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. - With the smoke hovering in throughout the Willamette Valley, some local high school football teams are looking for healthier options than practicing outside.

Marist high school football coach Frank Geske says that with the air quality being so poor, it's time to move their practice indoors.

Instead of a full practice, the players focused on conditioning in the weight room and quick starts inside the gym.

Coach Geske says that anytime they can't fully practice it sets them back.

"It makes you adjust," said Geske. "I mean you could ignore it, practice, and be way worse off than even just sitting on your rear end and being you know, going out to play wiht a clean set of lungs."

Marist expects to practice indoors on Tuesday as well, while the 4J has cancelled outdoor athletic practices for Monday.

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