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“Thank God for Turf.”

That was the theme at Wilson High School on Tuesday morning as the Bulldogs were forced to shuffle their practice schedule around due to heavy rains that sparked flash flood warnings throughout the area.

“What we did was simply flip-flop,” Wilson head coach Doug Dahms said early Tuesday morning. “We typically go three-a-day and our third practice is our light practice where we do a lot of review stuff, throw the ball and do some of our special teams and we did that first today. Normally, that is our last practice.”

The defending L-L champs conducted their early practice in the gymnasium instead of their grass practice field but were able to get outside onto their turf practice field around 10:30am.

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Though the rain subsided later in the morning, the surrounding grass fields appeared to be out of commission for the rest of the day.

“That’s one of the nice things about turf,” Dahms said. “Our first practice today was scheduled on grass and there was just no way. The field’s a quagmire. It’s soggy. Our next two practices are scheduled on turf so if it’s not raining hard, we’ll be fine.”

Even the Wilson players realized how lucky they were to be able to get outside to practice during these crucial few weeks before the 2013 season kicks off.

“We’re really fortunate to have those two turf fields,” starting quarterback Matt Timochenko said. “It’s definitely a big advantage. On grass, you’d be slipping all over the place. It’s hard to get things done. But on turf; it’s the same as dry grass. It’s nothing different so it definitely helps out a lot.”

The Bulldogs kick off their season on August 30 when they travel to Governor Mifflin.

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