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Playoff trip caps positive fall for Plum Midget football

Michael Love
| Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, 4:27 p.m.

The regular season in the Big East Youth Football League concluded Sunday, and the Plum Colts (ages 7 and 8) have qualified for the league playoffs.

Plum was on a bye this past weekend, and the Colts finished its slate 6-2 and are one of four teams to make the playoffs in the division.

The semifinals will be the weekend of Oct. 31, with the championship games Nov. 7 at Franklin Regional High School.

The Franklin Regional and McKeesport teams are making up a series of games this weekend, and the playoffs were postponed one week.

The seeding meeting for the playoffs is Oct. 26, and the brackets, locations and game times will be set then.

Plum Midget Football Association president Dale Mitchell said the 7 and 8 team had a great season.

The team outscored its opponents, 168-76.

He also commended the two older teams for competitive play. The Plum 9 and 10 squad finished 3-5. It lost to Gateway on the final play and fell to Hempfield in overtime.

The Little Mustangs 11 and 12 team ended 2-6. It now is preparing for its yearly trip and game in Baltimore the weekend of Nov. 14.

A double-elimination flag tournament will be Saturday at Norwin's PAL baseball complex.

Mitchell said work with Plum Borough's Joe Fischetti, who oversees all the parks in the borough, helped improve the organization's facility at the Plum borough field complex along Ross Hollow Road.

“We talked about what improvements could be made,” Mitchell said. “We now have nice seating capabilities for up to 120 people, and it includes a handicap pad and a handicap ramp leading up to the bleachers. We were able to make improvements to the field itself. The surface is a lot smoother and it now drains really well.”

Mitchell said the grass surface will be redone in the spring for use by the Plum lacrosse organization and for the football teams again as next season begins in August.

“We want to have good working relationships with all the organizations in the borough,” Mitchell said.

He said there are preliminary discussions about the addition of a press box and a scoreboard.

PMFA and the borough, Mitchell said, are sharing the costs for past and potential facility improvements.

“There is a lot of pride in the fields from the coaches, players and fans,” he said.

Three sets of games this season were played at the high school with one other set played at the borough facility.

Mitchell hopes to play all of the games at the borough field next season.

Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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