CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jerry Crum, a senior at Scott High School, has been helping coach the Madison Panthers in his spare time. He helps the C-team boys, who are 5 and 6 years old, learn how to play football and have fun with the game.
"I just like the game, and I thought it would be fun to teach kids," he said. "It didn't matter what age I helped with as long as I got to be a part of it."
Crum said he got involved in coaching midget league football by talking to other people who were already helping with it. He had to take a class where he learned about rules and what to do if a child gets injured.
"This is my first time helping with any league. I want to help again next year. Next year I want to move up to coaching the B-team with the kids that are on the C-team now," he said. (Teams are divided by age.)
The Panthers practice two hours every weekday except Wednesday, and they play their games on Saturdays. The team has been practicing since July, and the season could go into November if they make the playoffs.
The Panthers practice at Scott High School and play their games throughout Boone County, as well as in some nearby counties. The kids have done great in their games; as of late August, they had won two out of three.
Games are a big deal for both the kids and the coaches. "The games are taken very seriously by everyone," Crum said.