Two days from now, high school football teams (as well as other sports) will hit the practice field for the first time in the 2010-11 school year. I'll be traveling around to different practices and PrepTalkTV will be back on the air on Monday as we kick off the high school sports season as well.
In two weeks, football teams will participate in Scrimmage Saturday. Here's a list of scrimmages we've come up with so far. If you have scrimmages or details to add, just add them in the comments section or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll update the list as soon as I can.
Cardinal O'Hara at Cleveland Hill, 8 a.m.
Sweet Home, North Tonawanda, St. Francis, Williamsville South, Grand Island at Lockport, 9 a.m.
Niagara Falls, East and Grover Cleveland at All High Stadium, 9 a.m.
Sherman, Frewsburg and Panama at Falconer, 9 a.m.
Nichols, V-Byron-Bergen and V-Charles Finney at V-Elba, 9 a.m.
Portville and Allegany-Limestone at V-Bolivar-Richburg, 9 a.m.
East Aurora and Cattaraugus-Little Valley at Gowanda, 9:30 a.m.
Wilson at Medina, 9:30 p.m.
Pine Valley at Brocton, 9:30 a.m.
McKinley, Bishop Timon-St. Jude, Maple Grove at Riverside, 10 a.m.
Jamestown, Fredonia and Springville at Hamburg, 10 a.m.
Eden, South Park, St. Mary's at Maryvale, 10 a.m.
Cheektowaga, Tonawanda and Lew-Port at West Seneca East, 10 a.m.
Lake Shore, Williamsville North, Kenmore West and Starpoint at Clarence, 10 a.m.
Randolph at Southwestern, 10 a.m.
Lancaster at V-Webster Schroeder, 10 a.m.
Olean at V-Hornell, 10 a.m.
Niagara-Wheatfield at Depew, 10 a.m.
Forestville, Clymer, Cassadaga Valley at Chautauqua Lake, 10 a.m.
JFK and Lafayette at V-Pembroke, 10 a.m.
Salamanca, Pioneer and V-Dansville at V-Wellsville, 10 a.m.
Orchard Park at Canisius, 11 a.m.
Cathedral Prep (Pa.) at St. Joe's, 11 a.m.
Lackawanna and Frontier at Iroquois, 5 p.m.
West Seneca West, Kenmore East, Hutch-Tech at Amherst, 5 p.m.
Silver Creek and East (Erie, Pa.) at Dunkirk, 5:30 p.m.
That six-team scrimmage at Lockport is loaded with some great programs (talk about quantity and quality!), while you can't beat Orchard Park at Canisius for two top programs helping each other get better (hey, maybe they'll play in the regular season some time? A high school reporter boy can dream, can't he?).
Disclaimer/explainer: Regular visitors to the blog know how much I love it when fans cite scrimmages as evidence for one team being better than another during the regular season, especially when it comes to the discussion of our polls. Just because I'm interested in all of the scrimmages (and getting to as many as I can), and learning about teams and players, they are still scrimmages. Once the season starts, I don't want to hear about them. :-)
Here's a list of scrimmages around the state compiled by John Moriello of the New York State Sportswriters Association.
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