Hamburg and Crossett pee wee football teams play at Yarborough Field this weekend.
Ashley County has four teams playing in the South Arkansas Youth Conference (SAYC) this fall.
The Boys’ and Girls’ Club and members of the Hamburg Community have partnered with the SAYC, allowing Ashley County children in third through sixth the opportunity to play football.
Ashley County Boys and Girls’ Club Director Lindsey Coulter said Crossett has more than 60 signed up to play.
According to Coulter, Boys and Girls’ Club board member Robin McElroy is the program organizer.
“Robin is the contact with SAYC,” Coulter said. “He coaches back and forth between two teams, and sort of organizes the volunteer coaches and coordinates everything.”
Crossett has two teams in the conference, a third and fourth grade team, and a fifth and sixth grade team.
Coulter said teams from Monticello, Warren, McGehee, Drew Central and Hamburg each have two teams participating and they will play every Saturday.
“We play a total of eight Saturdays,” Coulter said. “Last week was our first week, and we will play for the next seven Saturdays.”
The teams played in Monticello Saturday.
The pee-wee Lions won both of their games. The third and fourt grade team shut down the Drew Central pee-wee team 32 to 0. The fifth and sixth grade Lions only allowed one touch down, beating Drew Central 30 to 8.
The third and fourth grade pee-wee Eagles didn’t play. The fifth and sixth Eagles fought hard, but lost to McGehee in overtime 28 to 22.
Coach James Pruitt said McGehee is tough and well-coached, and this is only the second loss this Eagles team has had in 3 seasons.
McGehee jumped off to a quick score on their first possession. The Eagles answered by scoring on their first possession as well. The back and forth scoring went on sending the teams in for halftime with a score of 16 all.
The second half was mostly a defensive battle as both teams struggled to score. They each managed to get in a touch down before the final buzzer sounded, sending the game into overtime at 22 to 22.