Preparing late last week for their nationally televised ESPNU game, Alabama high school football coaches Josh Floyd and Mark Freeman attended to similar due diligence tasks. None had to do with special teams, trick plays or conditioning.

Try spraying helmets, temperature checks and wiping down lockers, instead.

"Just trying to keep things normal and keep them safe," said Floyd before his No. 44 Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville) squad lost a 35-21 home game defending 7A state champion Thompson (Alabaster). 

Said Freeman, whose team moved up four spots to No. 16 in the MaxPreps Top 25 with the victory: "We are just very blessed and thankful to be playing football. ...

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