Traditionally this was Scrimmage Saturday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 5 September 2020 at 9:35 am

Contributed Photos – For many years today was “Scrimmage Saturday” when high school football teams across the state tuned up for the upcoming season by scrimmaging against other teams. The action here is from Medina’s 1987 scrimmage at Vets Park as Bill Ossont Jr. picks up yardage for the Mustangs against Lockport. Sweet Home also took part in the scrimmage. Ironically, this year this weekend would have had even more importance as “Opening Weekend” since the state has approved the addition of an eighth game to the regular season schedule. That additional game would have been this weekend as Medina was to host East Aurora and Albion was to visit Batavia. Schools were give the option to either add the eighth game or scrimmage this weekend. Albion and Batavia have been scrimmage partners the last few years. However, the Covid-19 Pandemic changed everything backing up the start of fall sports practices from August 24 until September 21. In fact, while the state will allow football teams to practice on a no contact basis beginning on that date no decision has yet to be made when games will be allowed to play.

Here Medina’s Ken Snyder picks up yardage for the Mustangs against Sweet Home during the 1985 scrimmage at Vets Park. Lockport and Iroquois also took part in the four-way scrimmage.