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M'ville youth football gives kids opportunity to play


Andrew Hines

Ryan Cardino finds the hole and sprints through on the way to a touchdown in scrimmage at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Aug. 17.

As the summer ends, kids are coming off the playgrounds and strapping up the pads as the Marysville Youth Football League is starting up. Consisting of five divisions, the MYFL caters to a wide range of ages and gives younger athletes the opportunity to play football before the school district offers it.

With hundreds of young athletes coming out to compete, the MYFL has grown tremendously and boasts one of the largest youth football leagues in the area. The league runs off of the hard work of volunteer coaches and coordinators. With their hard work and the dedication of young players the MYFL creates the next wave of dominate athletes as they step onto the gridiron.

"Football doesn't just teach you about X's and O's, and knocking people on the ground. It really teaches you about life. It teaches adversity and overcoming certain things. If you have an obstacle out here on the field, you just have to come out work harder and overcome anything in your way. The best part for me is coming back here, giving them someone to look up to and someone they connect with that is closer to their age. I think that the coolest part is creating relationships with these kids. Those relationships are what I ultimately get out of this," said Francisco Juarez, Junior Division offensive coordinator.

If you want to attend a game or in search of any answers you can find all information about the MYFL at


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