A first for Rim of the World High School: A March football practice in the snow

Rim of the World High School football players walk to the practice field after a snowstorm in Rimforest on Tuesday.
Rim of the World High School football players walk to the practice field after a snowstorm in Rimforest on Tuesday.
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There was no turning back for Rim of the World football coach Joe Jurado. He had his team working out when it was 31 degrees and his practice field was covered with snow. Never in the history of the Lake Arrowhead school has there been a football practice in March in snow. See what preparing for spring football is like in California?

Rim of the World opened its season Friday against Ontario Christian.

Adrian Molina stretches on the practice field after a snowstorm.
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Hey, there was some fun stuff. Snowball fights. Players sliding about.

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“There was a wave of emotions, ‘Yeah, we’re going to do it.’ Then they realize they have to lay in snow,” Jurado said of his players stretching in the snow.

Damon Lyons, center, throws a snowball before practice.
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“I’ve been around here since I was 6 years old and can’t remember us practicing in those conditions,” Jurado said. “The former coach said they were playing Perris and had to stop the game at halftime and finish on a Monday. That was back in the ’70s.”

Rim of the World High School football players stretch on the practice field after a snowstorm.
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Fighting Scots linemen practice hitting the pads after a snowstorm in Rimforest on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
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Rim of the World football players run drills in the snow during practice.
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Rim of the World High School football players take a few laps during practice on the practice field after a snowstorm
Rim of the World High School football players take a few laps during practice on the field after a snowstorm in Rimforest on Tuesday.
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Isaiah Torres, center and other Rim of the World High School football players practice in the snow
Isaiah Torres, center and other Rim of the World High School football players practice in the snow in preparation for Friday’s game.
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A Rim of the World player jogs to retrieve his water bottle after practice in Rimforest on Tuesday.
A Rim of the World player jogs to retrieve his water bottle after practice in Rimforest on Tuesday.
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A Rim of the World High School football player carries pads out to the practice field in Rimforest on Tuesday.
A Rim of the World High School football player carries pads out to the practice field in Rimforest on Tuesday.
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Rim of the World High School football players practice on a muddy field caused by melting snow in Rimforest on Tuesday.
Rim of the World High School football players practice on a muddy field caused by melting snow in Rimforest on Tuesday.
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Scott Sheerin practices in the cold in Rimforest on Tuesday.
Scott Sheerin practices in the cold in Rimforest on Tuesday.
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Rim of the World High School football players practice after a snowstorm in Rimforest on Tuesday.
Rim of the World High School football players practice after a snowstorm in Rimforest on Tuesday.
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Rim of the World High School football players practice after a snowstorm in Rimforest on Tuesday.
Rim of the World High School football players practice after a snowstorm in Rimforest on Tuesday.
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Rim of the World High School football players practice on a muddy field from melting snow in Rimforest on Tuesday.
Rim of the World High School football players practice on a muddy field from melting snow in Rimforest on Tuesday.
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Snow covers Rim of the World High School football field in Rimforest on Tuesday.
Snow covers Rim of the World High School football field in Rimforest on Tuesday.
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