They are not games, but Scrimmage Saturday is as close to the real thing as any high school football lover will be able to get until opening night Sept. 5.
Scrimmage Saturday is Aug. 30 and here is a list of locations and teams participating in the extravaganza.
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I must admit, the noon four-way scrimmage at two-time Monsignor Martin champion Canisius looks intriguing. It features four playoff teams from last season, including a South Park team whose only losses last year came to eventual Section VI champions Jamestown and Williamsville North. Bennett also looked good in its playoff game before being subdued by a Depew team that reached the state semifinals.
Let's not forget the 9 a.m. annual six-way scrimmage hosted by Lockport at Emmet Belknap Middle School, which also includes Sweet Home, St. Francis, Grand Island, Niagara-Wheatfield and Lancaster.
-- Lockport hosts Sweet Home, St. Francis, Grand Island, Niagara-Wheatfield and Lancaster at 9 a.m. at Emmet Belknap Middle School.
-- Clarence hosts Williamsville North, Riverside and Starpoint at 9 a.m.
-- Tonawanda hosts Springville at 9 a.m.
-- St. Joe's hosts Kenmore West at 9:30 a.m.
-- Cleveland Hill hosts Burgard and Cardinal O'Hara at 9:30 a.m.
-- Southwestern hosts Randolph at 10 a.m.
-- Medina hosts (at Veterans Park) East and Wilson at 10 a.m.
-- Alden hosts V-Attica at 10 a.m.
-- Niagara Falls (behind the high school) hosts Williamsville East, Depew and Maple Grove at 10 a.m.
-- Hamburg hosts Jamestown, Fredonia and East Aurora at 10 a.m.
-- Iroquois (practice field below high school field) hosts Lackawanna and Frontier at 10 a.m.
-- Cheektowaga hosts Portville and V-Cuba-Rushford at 10 a.m.
-- Maryvale hosts St. Mary's, JFK and Lake Shore at 10 a.m.
-- Albion hosts a scrimmage at 10 a.m.
-- North Tonawanda hosts a scrimmage at 10 a.m.
-- Eden hosts Newfane at 11 a.m.
-- Canisius (at the Stransky Complex in West Seneca) hosts Bennett, South Park and Williamsville South at noon.
-- Amherst hosts Lew-Port, Kenmore East and West Seneca West at 5 p.m.