Turf Bowl to decide youth football champs
HUNTINGTON — Joan C. Edwards Stadium at Marshall University is normally the place where green-and-white-clad Thundering Herd football fans cheer for their team.
This Saturday, however, is slightly different. Marshall is on the road and its stadium is the venue for the Tri-State Youth Football League’s annual Turf Bowl championships. Five games are set for TSYFL players age 12 and younger.
Chris Perry, commissioner of the TSYFL in his first year, said putting on the Turf Bowl is a lot of work, but he’s proud of the kids.
“It’s fun for the kids,” he said. “The kids really enjoy it, the parents enjoy looking at the turf knowing their kids are going to play on it.”
The youngest players on the E Teams, begin the day at 10 a.m. followed by the D Teams. Both of those are matchups between DC Express and the Huntington Hawks.
DC Express has a team playing in every game.
The TSYFL began in 1964 and is believed to have started the Turf Bowl in the early 1970s. The Turf Bowl was originally played at Fairfield Stadium and moved to the new Marshall stadium in the late 1990s.
TSYFL TURF BOWL
Joan C. Edwards Stadium Saturday
Admission: adults $5, high school students and younger free
10 a.m., E Team. Douglass-Cammack vs. Huntington.
11 a.m., D Team. Douglass-Cammack vs. Huntington.
12:20 p.m., C Team. Douglass-Cammack vs. Ona/Milton.
1:35 p.m., B Team. Douglass-Cammack vs. Huntington.
2:50 p.m., A Team. Douglass-Cammack vs. Lawrence County (Ky.).