There are leaves on some trees in the area, yet most scholastic football fans in Western New York have no idea who is playing who to open the 2016 season.
There's no need to fear. The season hasn't been canceled and it won't be.
In fact, the situation should inch closer to a resolution Monday afternoon.
Two potential re-classifications due to the merging of schools has held up the process. Two-time defending Section VI Class C champion Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake is protesting a move to Class B, while the switching of merged partners within the Buffalo Public Schools programs has the union of Bennett/Olmsted/East/Middle Early College protesting being classified as Class A.
A meeting between state and Section VI officials will determine the classification status of those merged schools. Once the ruling has been reached, then the section will need to assign teams divisions so that it can craft a master schedule. Section VI football chairman Ken Stoldt then said it should take a week to construct a rough draft. If all goes well, it would likely be that a second draft of the schedule would be the one released to the public.
In past seasons, the football schedule usually has been released by March. Various mergers and potential ones have hindered the process this winter/spring.