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YAFL teams improving

The Independent of Edgewood, New Mexico

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The fall season for the three East Mountain teams in the Young America Football League, or YAFL, is starting to look up after a slow start.

The teams, one based in Edgewood and two in Moriarty, are all called Moriarty Pintos and sport uniforms that look like the high school Pintos. Jonathan Ipiotis, who coaches two teams that practice in Moriarty, said both teams had a tough time in their first games but now "they're playing better as a team."

Ipiotis coaches a pee-wee team of mostly 8-year-olds and an 11-year-old sophomore team. Both dropped opening games Aug. 8. Ipiotis said his sophmore team had a big win last weekend. Though "the little guys lost, they showed a lot of improvement."

Isaac Padilla, whose 1 0-year-old freshman team practices at Edgewood Elementary, is sporting a 0-2 record but said, "They're coming around, they're starting to pick it up."

In their first game Padilla's team got blanked by the Los Lunas Tigers 24-0. Last weekend the team lost to Cibola East 12-7. "Both of those teams we could've beat," Padilla said. He said players need to work on fundamentals of running, blocking and tackling.

This year YAFL revised its districting so every team has to align with a nearby high school football program. YAFL has seven age divisions beginning with 7 year-olds. All games are played in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho or Los Lunas.

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Original Publication Date: August 19, 2009

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