Youth football in Dansville is undergoing a healthy change. In the weeks since a preliminary preview of the the Dansville Junior Mustangs, energetic and enthusiastic program president Cheryl Quibell has been hard at work.


“We wanted to do some new things for the youngsters and also sought to change things up some as well,” Quibell said. “I guess you can say we wanted to put some ‘zip’ back into the program.”

Youth football in Dansville is undergoing a healthy change. In the weeks since a preliminary preview of the the Dansville Junior Mustangs, energetic and enthusiastic program president Cheryl Quibell has been hard at work.


“We wanted to do some new things for the youngsters and also sought to change things up some as well,” Quibell said. “I guess you can say we wanted to put some ‘zip’ back into the program.”


She and program supporters have gotten together and done just that. Some of the visible changes involve the purchase of some much needed new equipment for the start of the new season. For the junior and senior football players, the Mustangs have contacted equipment experts from Riddell. The company sent Kyle Fenn directly to Dansville and personally fitted 47 players with new football helmets. The teams also have new game pants along with new red and silver jerseys.


Other improvements saw the squad purchase two blocking dummies, along with heat index stop watches to provide youngsters safety in the heat. For flag players, they have new game shirts, and new flag-and-tag belts. As for the cheerleaders, they have new skirts and body suits. The senior girls have tops as well.


“We had also talked about some other things,” Quibell said. “One of which was hosting the championship game here in Dansville. Some people pointed to the fact that other places had turf fields and lights and things like that. So I thought, why not? This year will mark the first time ever that Babcock Park will be the site of the Community Youth Football League’s Championship football game on Sunday, Oct. 30. I thought, why can’t we host that game? I thought it would be great!”


This year has already seen one coaching change with senior football team Head Coach Mike Green moving in to replace Rob Stone, who accepted the Dansville Central School’s modified football coaching position. Stone will still be involved on the senior staff as an assistant.


The flag team will be headed up by Dave Cranston assisted by Greg Porter and Chad Garling. On the junior level, Head Coach Chris Mapes will have help from Mike Quibell, Joe Connor, Mark Meyer, Mike Foster and Ron Cartwright. On the senior level, Mike Green is the new head coach with assistants Jamie Foster, Cory Mahany, Tyrone Harris and Rob Stone.


For cheerleading, Char Lowe heads up the flag squad with assistant Tammy Lafaye. On the junior sidelines is Head Coach Quinn Cox assisted by Christina Fronk, while Christa Milliman is head coach for the seniors with assistant Zack Coffee. The cheerleaders recently had a very successful fundraiser at McDonalds in Dansville which saw many of the girls take orders and serve people. That was coupled with a basket raffle, which raised money for the upcoming CYFL competition on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Letchworth Central School.


The Junior Mustangs heightened the excitement with a scrimmage against Livonia on Saturday, Aug. 20, and now look forward to opening the 2011 season on Sunday, Aug. 28, in Bath with the flag game at 10:30 a.m., followed by the juniors at noon and then the seniors at 2 p.m


 Dansville’s first home game will come following a bye for Labor Day weekend. (That week will be filled in 2010 when Batavia enters the league — another change to look forward to). The Junior Mustangs will host Hornell at Babcock Park on Sunday, Sept. 11.


As Hank Williams Jr. (no relation) sings, “Are you ready for some football?” The Dansville Junior Mustangs sure are. Good luck to everybody involved in the program.