Young Athletes Give It Their Best Every Saturday

Arturo Estrada runs the ball against the Mid Valley Sun Devils in a Jr. Peewee Pop Warner game in El Centro last Saturday, picking up blocks from Alejandro Perez and Zarien Robinson on the way to a 38-8 win.

When you think of football in the Imperial Valley, you usually think of Friday night under the lights at the local high schools. That’s where weeks of practice and preparation pay off as teenagers square off on the gridiron for titles and bragging rights.

But even as those games end and the players head home for a good night’s rest, there are hundreds of younger players thinking about the games they will be playing on the same fields the next day.

Pop Warner Football returned to Holtville more than ten years ago, and the results of younger kids learning the fundamentals of the game have been showing off with big wins at the high school level the last few years. The games don’t draw as many fans, but the players still put everything they have into the
game.

It’s still early in the season but the weather has started to cool, making practice and game play a little easier on the players. Round 3 of the season is coming up this Saturday.

Last Saturday, all of Holtville’s games were away. The Mitey Mites were in Mexicali, while the Cubs, Jr. Peewees and Jr. Varsity all played Mid Valley in El Centro.

 

CJ Tiernan cuts between two defenders to pick up some yards, backed up by Zarien Robinson.

 

The Pop Warner Junior Varsity squares off against a Mid Valley team made up of much larger players last Saturday afternoon.

 

Alejandro Perez attempts an extra-point kick for the Jr. Peewee team, with Gavin Robles holding the ball.

 

Pop Warner Cheerleaders are at every game and not only root on their team and the crowd, but take part in big competitions of their own.

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