The future of Van-Far High School football became a little brighter recently when a decision was made for two youth teams to join NEMO Youth Football.
Starting this August, players making up both a 3rd and 4th grade team as well as a 5th and 6th grade team will represent the Van-Far football program during a six game schedule. Three of the games will be played on the Van-Far High School football field while the other three will be played on the road.
The other teams in the league include Mark Twain, Paris, Monroe City, South Shelby, and Highland.
All games will be played on Saturdays, starting in late August and running through early October.
Local teams will be comprised of players from Van-Far, Community R-VI, and St. Joseph School districts.
“I think it’s a very good opportunity for our kids to be able to play other schools more our size,” said organizer Ryan Morris.
“We will be playing five different teams and it helps the program see what different teams have to offer. I believe it’s going to help our program a lot.”
In recent years, two Van-Far teams participated in the Mexico Optimist League. All of those games were played in Mexico in a league featuring two Mexico squads and one from Montgomery County.
The decision to join a new league means that both teams will need footballs, tees, equipment repair kids, jerseys, pads, and more.
Morris said sign ups will be taken through the end of the school year. No cost has been determined.
For more information on the league or to donate, call Morris at573-406-3767.