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Town to consider hosting new football field

WARRENSBURG - For decades, Warrensburg high school football coaches had witnessed local boys at a substantial disadvantage when it came to football skills, as opponents from other towns had developed gridiron skills at a far younger age.

Eight years ago, the Warrensburg Youth Football program was launched, and local children are now competitive in the sport. Boys signing up for the Warrensburg High School football program are now bringing with them valuable experience and skills from years of practice and play, local football enthusiasts say.

Now, the community-based gridiron group, which sponsors three teams that are quite competitive in the Adirondack Youth Football League, would like to take their mission a step further.

They'd like to construct a football field on the town recreation field as a home base for their program.

The idea has been kicked around for years, but it was formally presented recently to the Warrensburg Town Board.

The town board will be meeting at 4 p.m. March 1 to discuss the concept.

Mike Irish, a coach of the gridiron group, said that borrowing fields from the school for the youth league play is often difficult, because his teams' practice and game schedules conflict with the schedules of the school-based teams.

Irish and other members of the group would like to see a town football field developed just west of the existing upper baseball fields, on a lower undeveloped field behind town water department facilities on Library Ave.

Last year, a group of Lake George citizens worked together to construct a youth-league football field on the side of Prospect Mountain - a field so professional that a college-level team would be proud to play there.

Warrensburg might be able to accomplish a similar feat, Irish said Thursday.

"Using the other fields, including the town baseball fields would be a tight squeeze," Irish said. "When we play all the other town teams, they use their own facilities - we'd like to have something permanent too."

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