Knights Jr. Midget running back Eddy Allen (24) is dragged down from behind late in the ball game.

Jeff Pexton-MHTS

First it was Holland Patent, then it was Marcy-Deerfield and this Sunday MHTS traveled down the valley for Pop Warner action.

The Frankfort Pop Warner Football Association enjoyed a beautiful Sunday at home today as all 4 Knights teams hosted Mohawk and Utica in a quadruple header at Hilltop Park.


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It was the little guys who got things started at 10:00 a.m. as the Flag teams from Frankfort and Mohawk squared off.

Presently there are 26 associations participating in the Tri-Valley Pop Warner Football Conference and this morning two long time rival Mohawk Valley towns got to strut their stuff.

The kids at the flag level are 5, 6 and 7 years of age. The players wear no pads and there is minimal physical contact and a “tackle” is made when a player from the opposing team takes the flag from the belt of the ball carrier.

Frankfort's Jack Parrotta (62) runs away from traffic as a true "Mohawk" gives chase.

Both Frankfort and Mohawk were supported by big crowds today and the cheer squads from each program did a great job rooting on their respective teams.

No score was kept for today’s game as the flag level is designed to teach the game of football at its most basic level.

Regardless of score, or lack thereof, both Mohawk and Frankfort played their hearts out and both teams are to be congratulated!

The second game of the day featured the Mohican and Knights Mitey Mites. This division consists of 7,8 and 9 year old players, which can’t weigh less than 45 pounds or more than 90 pounds.

The game is played in full pads and offers the players their first taste of full contact football. As with Flag football, no score is kept and there is no winner and loser, but that does not diminish the intensity level one bit.

Knights Flag Football Cheerleaders had plenty to smile about today!

Proof of the intensity could be seen in the expressions of the moms and dads on the sidelines who got to see there sons or daughters take a hard hit for the first time!

Congratulations to both Mohawk and Frankfort for enduring summer like temperatures in full pads today!

Today’s third contest pitted the Mohawk Mohican and the Frankfort Knights Junior. Pee Wee teams.

The Junior Pee Wee teams are made up of 8, 9 and 10 year olds who are between 60 and 105 pounds, Eleven year olds are also permitted to play Jr. Pee Wees if they weigh 85 pounds or less.

This level is where the numbers on the scoreboard mean more than the time left in the quarter. Today it was the Knights who got the best of this long time rivalry, winning this one by a score of 30-6.

The final game of the four game set saw the Utica Bulldogs Junior Midget team come to town for a matchup with the Junior Midgets of Frankfort.

Frankfort's John Irons (13) is off the races on a second half touchdown in Jr. Pee Wee action.

The Junior Midgets represent 10, 11 and 12 year olds, with player weights ranging from 85 to 115 pounds. The Bulldogs who entered today’s game with perfect 3-0 record, prevailed in a big way today, shutting out the Knights on their home field, by a large margin.

Congratulations to all the players who participated today and special thanks to the volunteers of the Frankfort Pop Warner Football Association who worked very hard coaching, teaching, cooking and working the chain gangs today so these kids could play football!

Frankfort flag player Joshua Gage (75) beats the heat with an ice cold....pixie stick?