Beaver County youth football featured on ‘Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country’
January 14, 2016 8:44 PM
Photo courtesy Esquire Network.
Players for the Alilquippa L'il Quips appear in the upcoming TV series "Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country."
By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. – Following the third season of the original “Friday Night Tykes” (debuting at 9 p.m. Tuesday), Esquire Network will premiere a Western Pennsylvania-set spin-off.
“Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country” debuts this spring and chronicles the Beaver County Youth Football League. A trailer Esquire Network released shows Central Valley Warriors and Aliquippa L’il Quips most prominently. Other Mitey Mite teams featured in the series include the Beaver Falls Tigers, Monaca L’il Indians, Blackhawk Cougars and Ambridge L’il Bridgers.
Matt Hanna, Esquire Network executive vice president of original programming, said after the success of the original, Texas-set “Friday Night Tykes,” network executives were looking for a potential spin-off.
“We had discussed whether there was another region of the country that would potentially be a different story than what we were getting in suburban Texas,” he said. “Youth football is exploding everywhere, but California and Florida felt similar to what was happening in Texas.”
Mr. Hanna said while “Steel Country” will have some similar themes – “”there’s some questionable coaching, some questionable parenting all in the name of football glory” – the new series will include unique, regional differences.
“Western Pennsylvania, having the history it has with football and being a hotbed of NFL talent, we thought that could be an interesting backdrop,” he said. “What’s happening in that region of the country economically is a part of the story. How the economic downturn has impacted these communities and how football is the one thing some of these communities can hold onto for pride, for sense of community, you’ll see that is a big storyline in the show.”
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