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Lights Dispute Puts Kids Football Team In Danger

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More than 100 kids show up to football practice early and eager to play the game.

"I just like to do it for fun and I like football," said 10 year old running back Ronald Holmes who has one major job.

"I just got to keep my eyes on the ball," he said. But there's a problem making it difficult for him to do that. 

"We literally have to turn our car lights on when it's dark out here. We have to turn flashlights on and we alert the kids by ringing bells," said Angie Booker. She and other parents are angry that the Colwyn Comets are caught in the middle of what the team calls a senseless dispute between team leaders and borough officials. The Head Coach says the borough refuses to turn on field lights the team raised the money to buy and he doesn't know why.

"Anything can go down whether a child gets abducted God forbid or gets injured," said Coach Durrell Davis. He's concerned about the dangerous darkness the kids are playing in just an hour into practice. He says the borough won't flip the switch. 

" What they're saying is nobody knows what's going on. Everybody is passing the buck." said Coach Davis.

Fox 29 contacted Colwyn Borough Council President Tonette Pray by phone. She says she informed parents and coaches an electrician will be out by the end of the week to fix the lights.  She says there's a problem with the timers. But Coach Davis isn't buying it and he doesn't want to tell the kids they can't play anymore.

"We have a lot of children that don't have father figures. We have a lot of children that suffer from ADHD, diabetes and asthma. Football is a let out for them. They feel this is where they can be united," said Coach Davis.

Council President also says the team isn't affiliated with the borough although it uses the town's name. Coach Davis says they can't even get the key to the concession stand to confirm the lights actually need repair. He says they worked fine the end of last season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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