Friday Night Lights Not Just For The High Schools

By: Daniel Chanin Email
By: Daniel Chanin Email

Just about every high school; college and even professional football player first started out with Pee-Wee football. And while the talent level might not as strong at that stage it's still just as competitive.

It's not just the players either. Before the game you almost got the feeling that the parents were the ones getting ready to take the field.

"I just get butterflies," said Tina Blanton, a Pee-Wee Football mom. "I feel like I'm out there."

"I was fine until I stepped out here onto the field and then I got very nervous and a little shaky," said Mark Gradillas, a Pee-Wee football parent.

Another Pee-Wee football mom Mary Munsterman said she had trouble sleeping the night before.

"It's so ridiculous. You'd think I was playing, but we have so much at stake here," said Munsterman.

Hard to believe they're talking about nine, ten and 11-year old kids. But that didn't stop a crowd of more than 100 people from watching the match up between two undefeated teams - the Sparks Wolfpack and the Douglas Tigers.

"The whole family is out here," said Jennifer Morrison, whose son plays for the Tigers. "We all get together and take it a lot more seriously."

But sometimes they take it a little too seriously, which is why the league put a solid yellow line on the field to separate parents from the action.

"There's been a couple of times refs have actually given a penalty for a team's parents being so rowdy," said Munsterman.

Parents insist at the end of the day Pee-Wee football is still all about kids having fun and even though everyone, including the parents wants to win they can agree that sportsmanship and teamwork are more important.

"When we knock them down, we help them up from the other team and after the game we all get pizza whether we do well or not, And they all have fun," said Munsterman.

The Wolfpack would go on to win the game 18-0.


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