Photo by Owen Sweeney III

Essex’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School had its first football team  last fall.

The program was assembled quickly, but was well-coached by Robb Johnson. Johnson believes in the program’s future. The school is trying  to install a game/practice field on campus.

The first-year field was in a wooded park that utilized two trees 30 yards apart and a covered water drain manhole in the middle of the field. It wasn’t wide enough for lines  and the team lacked  necessary practice equipment like tackle machines and sleds.

The team is hoping to win Pepsi’s Refresh Everything contest, which you can vote for here to make their dream a reality. Good luck, Cougars.

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