By JOSH FRYE
Poarch Creek Indians Recreation Department is getting its youth football program geared up for action, as practices are set to begin today (Wednesday, July 31).
The PCI football program, the Warriors, is compiled of four different age groups that include freshman (5- to 6-year-olds), sophomores (7- to 8-year-olds), juniors (9- to 10-year-olds) and seniors (11- to 12-year-olds).
According to PCI Sports Coordinator Jake McGhee, the youth football league has been in existence since 2005. Since that time, hundreds of local youth have taken part in the program.
Each team is scheduled to play seven regular-season games, plus a pre-season jamboree.
The teams will play four regular-season home games at the Poarch Creek football field.
“We are very excited for the season to get underway,” McGhee said. “Last year our juniors were crowned champions, and we can’t wait to see what hardware the teams can add to that collection this season.”
Poarch will play against other area peewee football teams, including Andalusia, W.S. Neal, Brewton, Flomaton and Northwest Escambia (Fla.).
Preseason kicks off with a jamboree to be played in Brewton on August 24, and the regular season will open up in Poarch against Excel on August 31.
Registration is still open for any interested players (tribal membership not required) and will continue until the league season begins. Season fees are $50.
Anyone interested in joining the program can call Poarch Recreation Department at 251-368-2256, ext. 2256 to find out the process.