Sometimes all the attention goes to the established gridiron program in Manchester and the blossoming program in West Union , but there is a third spot in Adams County where you can also find young athletes ready for some football action.
In Seaman, the North Adams football program continues to grow with bright hopes for the next few years. In 2014, North Adams will field squads from grades 3-8 with hopes of going even further in the future.
“Things are looking up for the North Adams football program,” said Justin Schmitz, one of the North Adams coaches and the man who deserves much of the credit for reviving football in Seaman.
“We have added a junior high team this fall,” continued Schmitz, “We will be participating in what is known as the Southern Ohio Independent League and plan on bringing the sport back to the high school level in 2015.”
Fans of youth football in the county will get a golden opportunity to see their young gridiron athletes in action on Aug. 23 when North Adams will be hosting the “Kickoff Classic and Preview.” The action begins at 10 a.m. with West Union and Eastern Brown in junior high action and continues at noon with a junior high contest between Milford and North Adams.
At 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. the young men in grades 3-6 will take the field, with the teams playing simultaneously on both ends of the field using a 10 minute running clock and taking turns running 10 plays on offense. The 2 p.m. contest will feature Manchester and West Union with the 3:30 p.m. affair matching up North Adams and Eastern.