JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — Football rivalries will take on a new meaning thanks to the Hill Country Youth Football League.
The Marble Falls Youth Football and Cheer and the Kingsland Youth Football and Cheer Association are starting their first season in the league — based out of Liberty Hill — joining Llano, Johnson City Youth Football League and Burnet Bulldog Tackle Football.
When HCYFL commissioner Shawn Lapuszynski made the announcement, he added that Johnson City Youth Football is searching for a new president.
Jesse Mize, who served as the president of the Johnson City league, and his wife, Amanda, are expecting their second child, so he is stepping back from youth football right now. Email Lapuszynski at email@example.com for more information.
Lapuszynski said he reached out to board members in Marble Falls and Kingsland to ask about their interest in joining the league.
And he said it made sense for two reasons: proximity and high school enrollment.
“They were a perfect fit for our organization,” he said.
HCYFL will now have 18 teams.
Marble Falls will play in Division I against Burnet Bulldogs Tackle Football, Lampasas, Liberty Hill and Fredericksburg.
“We all have 1,000 kids in (each of) our high schools,” Lapuszynski said. “Marble Falls is close in size to Liberty Hill, Burnet and Lampasas.”
Division II includes Llano, Kingsland, Johnson City, Lago Vista, Mason, San Saba, Brady, Harper, Early, Bangs, Goldthwaite and Bandera.
Since Kingsland is part of the Llano Independent School District, the Kingsland Youth Football Association will field teams called the Kingsland Yellow Jackets.
Most associations will have at least teams two in each age group:
- fifth- and sixth-graders (varsity)
- third- and fourth-graders (junior varsity)
- kindergarten through second grade (freshmen)
“We go by grade first in our organization to keep classes together,” Lapuszynski said.
The season officially starts Aug. 29. Each team will play in seven regular-season games. The top eight teams in Division I advance to a single-elimination playoff. Division II will have a single-elimination tournament for the top four teams, while the remaining teams will play in closely matched bowl games, Lapuszynski said.
The season finishes at the end of October, so children can move on to other sports, he said.
“It is very rewarding,” he said. “Everyone volunteers. It doesn’t cost money; it costs time.”
Go to www.hillcountryyfl.com to learn more about the league.
Search for Johnson City Youth Football League, Burnet Bulldog Tackle Football or Kingsland Youth Football/Cheer Association on Facebook. Go to marblefalls.bonzidev.com for more on the Marble Falls league.
TO SIGN UP
Sign-ups are approaching for area youth football leagues.
- Marble Falls – Early registration begins April 15 at marblefalls.bonzidev.com; cost is $150.
- Burnet – Registration is noon-3 p.m. April 25 and May 9 at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St.; cost is $100.
- Llano – A registration fundraiser is May 9 at the Moore Complex on RR 152 West and Bobcat Trail during a youth baseball tournament; cost is $125.
- Kingsland – Registration is open at kyfca.com; cost is $125. Scholarships are available.