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Mesquite Boy Too Big for Pee Wee Football

Boy more than doubles 135-pound limit

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    Twelve-year-old Elijah Earnheart, left, looks on as his mom Cindy Earnheart takes a phone call from his football coach outside his home in Mesquite, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. The 6-foot, 300-pound 12-year-old has been ruled ineligible to play Pee Wee football in the Dallas area. Despite being a young seventh-grader, officials say is more than twice the maximum allowable Pee Wee weight of 135 pounds. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    A suburban Dallas boy has been barred from playing peewee football because the league says he's just too big at nearly 300 pounds.

    Mesquite Pee Wee Football Association President Ronnie Henderson says the rule is clear and 12-year-old Elijah Earnheart is not eligible. The 6-foot-1-inch boy exceeds the 135-pound limit for seventh-graders.

    Henderson says he's looking out for the safety of all the kids.

    Elijah's mother and coach want him reinstated before the Mesquite Viking's first game on Saturday. They point to an exception in the rulebook that might allow him to play certain line positions.

    Cindy Earnheart says being banned after three weeks of practice hurt Elijah's feelings. She says "football is a contact sport. If you don't want your son tackled, get him off the field."