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Pee Wee Football is Back in Houlton

Efforts are being made for kids to safely return to playing football in the Shire Town
Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 9:40 PM EDT
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Houlton, Maine (WAGM) -

Despite COVID-19 cancelling sports programs in most County towns, Houlton Pee Wee Football is far from PUNTING on ITS season.

(Nat-sound: kids yelling and stretching)

It’s golden hour and these kids have been given the golden opportunity to play football again.

(Andrew Tapley): “It’s fantastic. We’ve been in the house too long. Kids need to be back out doing things, being active. There’s not a lot of stuff for the kids to do right now and once we found out we had the opportunity we jumped at it.”

Pee Wee football is back in the town of Houlton and these kids couldn’t be happier about it.

(Colby Tapley): "Once football ends I’m like sad and when football is back I’m like yes, let’s go!

(Daveson): “What do you like about football?”

(Savanah Crawford): “Just being out, having fun!”

(Beckett Peabody): “I’m really excited. It’s my first year playing and it’s going great so far and it’s awesome playing with all my friends...I’m just going to keep on playing and having fun.”

Because of COVID-19 football will have it’s restrictions this year. Houlton Football Association President Andrew Tapley and his coaches are following all state mandates as they safely provide an avenue for a larger number of pee wee players to stay active this fall.

(AT): “Between the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th we have about 26 kids out here. The more the merrier. Any kids in the surrounding area that would like to come we’ll take all the kids we can get.”

Despite an inability to play other teams as of right now, pads will be on and games will be played...they’ll just be playing against each other in the meantime.

(AT): "We can’t play actual games with other teams unless they’re the next county over. There are a few teams that have reached out to us but we’re not sure just what’s going to happen yet. So we’re going to follow the mandates and do the best that we can to make sure the kids are active. They are able to play interleague against each other. We’ll divide the kids up evenly. Play some games. Put some pads on them. As long as they’re actively playing they’re good to go.

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