Mustangs begin practice as a tri school team

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 August 2018 at 7:58 pm

Photos by Mike Wertman – Mustangs head Coach Eric Valley meets here with several of his players representing the squad’s new tri school look. They include David Newton, Cameron Babcock and Hunter Callen from Barker, Justice Hughes and Jacob Golding from Lyndonville and Brian Fry and William Braswell from Medina.

A new gridiron era began today as the Mustangs opened preseason football practice as a tri school team for the first time comprised of players from Medina, Lyndonville and Barker.

Medina has been merged with Lyndonville for football for the past six years and Barker players joined this season to make it a tri school team.

Following the end of the seven year long Roy-Hart and Barker football merger agreement at the end of last season Barker players were in need of a place to play and with Medina’s low numbers the addition benefits both schools.

“Barker has a core group of players who are definitely excited about football and we’re excited to have them,” said Mustangs head Coach Eric Valley. “With our low numbers they can step in and help us out.”

The preseason practices will be highlighted by a five way scrimmage at Vets Park on August 25 which will include teams from Roy-Hart, Newfane, Wilson and Pembroke.

The Mustangs will open the season at home on August 31 against Depew.

Mustang players work at an agility drill.

Two defenders pursue a Mustang back on a sweep.