By Terry Harpole
MABEN — If the people in the Maben-Mathiston area missed out seeing football action on Aug. 24, they had a chance to make up for it Aug. 25.
Four peewee football teams were playing that Saturday on L.M. Hamberlin Field at West Oktibbeha High School. The Mathiston Park Football League sponsored the games.
The teams playing in these games were East Webster, Winston Academy, Starkville Academy and Heritage Academy from Columbus.
A steady downpour of rain during the games did not stop the crowds from sitting or standing around watching, some under canopies, most of whom were parents, grandparents and friends.
Two games were going on at the same time, one on each end of the field. In these games, each team played about 10 minutes on offense and then would change, allowing each team to play offense and then defense.
The coaches were on the field advising, correcting and congratulating the players for a good job of running, tackling or maybe intercepting passes.
No one worried about the scores, as these games teach these fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade players the rules, and about learning plays and being good sportsmen.
The people who came out to these games could have been seeing some future high school, college or, who knows, maybe some future professional football players.