Mount Markham’s Anthony Bailey (10), stretches for a first down against North Utica.

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popLogoYes, we’ve been camping for a week with local, high school football teams. Yes, the Utica College Pioneers are busy getting ready for the upcoming season on the gridiron. Yes, there’s plenty of buzz about the upcoming National Football League season.

While all of this is true, what really cements the fact that football season is here? Well, if you ask any one of the 1,000 or so players, family members, coaches or volunteers at the Marcy Town Park this morning, football season is truly here when the Marcy-Deerfield Pop Warner Association hosts its annual Scrimmage Festival.

Today, the M-D Pop Warner hosted the seventh, annual version of their very popular day of scrimmages. The football atmosphere was at fever pitch, with hundreds of fans and friends parked in their folding chairs and pop up tents, everywhere.

“Coaching” where M-D Pop Warner coach Kevin Hughes aligns 3 “Thunder” defenders.

Whistles were blowing on seven fields. The smell of hot dogs and hamburgers was in the air. There was even a bouncy house. Marcy-Deerfield was “Football Central” on this Fall like Saturday morning.

Pop Warner “tackle” teams from New Hartford, Clinton, Mount Markham, North Utica, Camden, Dolgeville, Rome, Canastota, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and of course host, Marcy-Deerfield, took to the seven fields set up all around the Marcy Town Park.

th_football7They got together for the purpose of shaking off the rust and getting a full contact scrimmage in before next week’s season openers.

“This is a great way for several of the teams in the Tri-Valley Pop Warner Association to get together in one place and have scrimmage games against other local teams,” said Marcy-Deerfield Pop Warner President, Kevin Hughes.

Hughes further explained, “For the Mitey Mites, it’s their first time tackleing and being tackled, so giving them a chance to have a scrimmage before the games start is really helpful to them. For the older kids it’s a chance to play against another team before the season starts, after practicing for the past few weeks.”

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Marcy-Deerfield running back Will Smith (30) drags a Clinton defender toward the first down marker.

Tackle football in Tri-Valley Pop Warner is broken down into age/weight divisions, known as Flag, Mitey Mites, Jr. Pee Wees, Pee Wees, Jr. Midgets and Midgets.

The Marcy-Deerfield scrimmages give coaches the opportunity to get right on the field with their players, offering instruction and advice, under game like conditions.

The TVL Pop Warner Association is made up of twenty-five independent organizations from across Central New York.

The season for the tackle programs opens Labor Day Weekend, while the flag teams, representing the youngest players who do not tackle, open their season on September 6th.

Congratulations to Marcy-Deerfield Pop Warner on a great day of football in your park!

A big shout out to all of the players who got after it today as well. Best of luck on your upcoming season from My Hometown Sports!



Dolgeville flag players Joshua and Caleb Herringshaw sport their football haircuts and sit with their Grandma, Carolyn Williams, as they watch older brother Caleb play Mitey Mites.
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Marcy QB Kaeden Wood (1) gets great push from his o-line as he looks for his running back.
New Hartford Mitey-Mite Angelo Santomassino (22) heads up field as a Marcy-Deerfield defender closes in.