City to host NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick competition

Young pro football fans will have the opportunity to exhibit their football skills when the Parks and Recreation Department hosts an NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick competition on Saturday, October 13 at beginning at 9 a.m. on the North Woolmarket Football Fields.

The competition is free and open to boys and girls ages 8 – 15. For competition information, call 228-435-6281 or email Entry forms are available from the Hiller Park office, located at 380 Hiller Drive, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Late registration will be held Saturday, October 13 from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Woolmarket Fields.

The NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick football competition allows youngsters to showcase their talents in punting, passing, and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy. Age classification is as of Dec. 31 of this year.

The top finishers from each of the eight age groups at the Local competition will advance to a Sectional competition. The winners at the Sectional competition will have their scores compared with other Sectional champions; the top five scorers from the pool of Sectional champions advance to the NFL competition which is held in New Orleans.

Age-group champions at this level will be declared NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick Team Champions. The top four finishers in the boys’ and girls’ divisions within each age bracket from the pool of all Team Champions will qualify for the National Finals at an NFL playoff game in January.

A number of NFL player have competed in Punt, Pass & Kick, including top former and current quarterbacks such as Dan Marino and Drew Bledsoe.

The NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick competition is produced by NFL Properties LLC and sponsored by Pepsi.