Purple Eagles, Mustangs and Silverbacks will all host season opening football games Friday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 September 2022 at 10:02 am

The high school football season will get off to a busy start locally on Friday as Albion, Medina and Roy-Hart/Barer/Lyndonville all have home games.

The 7 p.m. openers will have Falconer at Albion for a B2 Division game, Newfane at Medina for a C North Division contest and Alden at Roy-Hart/Barker/Lyndonville for an interdivisional game.

The meeting will be the first between Falconer and Albion which went 4-1 in the division and 6-3 overall last fall.

Medina and Newfane will be meeting for the 58th time since the rivalry began in 1954. The Mustangs hold a 45-10-2 edge in the series over the Panthers including a 40-0 in last fall.

The Mustangs captured the C North title last fall with a 5-0 record and went on to claim the Section VI Class C title earning a first ever berth in the state playoffs finishing with a school record 11-1 record.

The RBL Silverbacks, which are beginning just their second season of 11 man competition, will be playing in the C North Division after competing in the B North Division last year going 1-7.

Medina lists spectator requirements

Medina Central School District officials have released the following statement on requirements for spectator behavior at sporting events this year. This statement was handed down by NYSPHSAA this past year and is the expectation of every school representing NYSPHSAA to uphold.

The NYSPHSAA statement states “Spectators are expected to Be Loud, Be Proud, and Be Positive.” Negative comments and inappropriate behaviors by spectators are required to be addressed by all and any school supervisors and administrators, as a member of NYSPHSAA. Spectators may be prohibited from attending current and future interscholastic contests based on their behavior.”

Medina officials have added the following statement for spectators:

“Please refrain from using foul language or exhibiting aggressive or argumentative behavior while attending events at Medina CSD. These are examples of behaviors that detract from the event and can ruin the experience of others in attendance and could negatively impact the athletes as well.

“There is no use of Tobacco, Alcohol, or any controlled or banned substance permitted on Medina CSD premises. This includes Vaping and or the use of e-cigs or “dab” pens.

“Any student grades 8 and below, must be accompanied by an adult and remain under that adults supervision while attending an event at Medina CSD.

“It is the goal of the Medina CSD to provide a positive and welcoming experience to all of our visiting athletes, officials, and spectators- Please help us do so by adhering to our expectations and contributing to what we strive to make a positive environment”