MOUNT VERNON — As summer fades into fall, the tradition of football takes place as a yearly ritual on high school campuses everywhere. It’s the first time around, however, for the Little Yellow Jackets. These seven- and eight-year-olds are strapping on a helmet for the first time and, for them, it’s a whole new world.
They play colt football for Mount Vernon and practice in the Mount Vernon High School practice field. The team, in its second year, plays in the tackle division of the Mid-Ohio Colt Football League.
In this age group, learning the fundamentals may mean mastering the fine art of lacing up your first pair of football pants, or perhaps getting the coach to tie your shoes, or give you permission to go to the restroom for that matter.
On a warm day of practice, a pair of water bottles turn into squirt guns, and hydration time becomes fun and games.
“Drink it, or don’t use it,” said head coach Kevin Butler to the two soaked protagonists.
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