Henry's youth football kicks off Saturday

Local youngsters are reving up for the start of the Henry County Youth Football League's 2011 Fall Season.

Hundreds of young people turned out this week to Jason T. Harper Events Center at Heritage Park, in McDonough, to register and become certified to participate in the fall football program, sponsored by the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department and the Henry County Youth Football League.

The league saw roughly 1,300 young athletes last season, according to its football director, Tony Beal.

Beal, who coordinates league activities, anticipates the number of football players will equal, or surpass the number who participated last year. The season officially kicks off on Saturday.

The athletes, ages 4-13, compete in combined age and weight classifications in four local football associations, each hosting a site in Henry County, according to Henry County Parks and Recreation Director Tim Coley.

Coley said the North Henry Football Association's home site is J.P. Moseley Park in Stockbridge; the McDonough Football Association competes at Avalon Park, in McDonough; the Locust Grove Football Association calls its home Warren Holder Park in Locust Grove; and the Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Athletic Association plays at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, in McDonough.

Officials said the last day to sign up for the fall football program was in May. The season will last through November. The program also includes cheerleading for girls.