In football-mad Florida, watching a season 'all kind of wash away' – Washington Post
By Chuck Culpepper,
MIAMI — He has been displaced from his home in the Florida Keys, flung into limbo, his treasured senior year wildly upended and his treasured football field flooded. So the high school football player improvises.
Back down at home in Marathon, Jordy Mejia would bench-press 370 pounds. Here in the apartment complex of his mother, grandmother and aunt, the machine allows only for 300. As he describes in a bone-quiet lobby lounge where the power flickers out twice during a 30-minute interview, he tries more push-ups, more pull-ups, more repetitions, anything to keep him going for two distracting daily hours.
His coach stays with kind friends all the way up in Grand Rapids, Mich., and does . . . what?
“That’s a good question,” said Paul Davis, who is also a digital-technology teacher at Marathon High School. “I don’t know what to do. I sit around. I’m on social media all the time, hearing what people have got to say. I put that down, and then I start thinking, ‘Do I work on my lesson plan?’ Then I put that down. ‘Am I going to have a job when I get back?’ Just all kind of things go through my mind. I pray. And the Lord told me to be still.”
Another coach, John Hughes of the Key West High Fighting Conchs, faced three days hunkered in a house south of Miami with his parents and fiancee and four boys, without power and with scant contact from those in Key West. So he took a pen and a spiral notebook and did what coaches do.
He drew some plays.
Beyond Hurricane Irma’s tragic effects and sprawling sabotage of electrical power, the vast storm that combed the state last weekend has ransacked football, a matter both trivial and not trivial.