If anyone got really excited about the possibility of the Section VI Football Federation finally being unveiled today when Clarence tweeted its schedule to the masses earlier, contain yourself.
Section VI Chairman Ken Stoldt said all teams received rough drafts of the potential official schedule this morning, They have until Friday to get back to him with any potential issues or conflicts they may discover.
Still, Clarence was hardly alone in being able to contain itself when it received a copy of the schedule. Defending state Class A champion South Park also tweeted out its foes although without dates and times. But it seems the Sparks will open at home against St. Joe's in what could be the marquee Public vs. Private school matchup of the season.
Of course that won't be officially known until next week.
The good news about rough draft being sent to teams is that it's a sign that the longest wait ever for a scholastic football schedule for the coming season is almost history. In past years, the section schedule would be released by March, giving teams not only tangible goals and foes to begin preparing for during the offseason but also to give school homecoming committees an idea of when to plan their special days.
“Clarence probably shouldn’t have posted it yet," Stoldt said. "That’s just draft one. They’re going to get back to me. I’m going to make the corrections and by early next week Monday or Tuesday the schedule will be out.
“I can understand everyone’s frustration but I think everything has worked out. We were fortunate. We had no flexibility for nonleague games (due to late release). We had a lot of schools step up to play nonleaguers and had some teams step up and say they’ll play three home games again” to make the schedule work.
2016: 9/2@ Frontier, 9/10@ Niagara Wheatfield, 9/17@ Lockport, 9/24@ Niagara Falls, 9/30 Will. North, 10/7 Ken West, 10/14 HT #preptalklive
— Clarence HS Football (@Clarenceftball) May 16, 2016
— South Park Football (@SPARKSFOOTBALL) May 16, 2016