DANSVILLE — There is a great amount of optimism in Dansville these days in regards to football and fall cheerleading because the Jr. Mustangs program has announced it has solidified its line-ups in two areas, Pee-Wee and Cheerleading.

Not all Community Youth Football communities have a "Pee Wee" program, but this year that level of gridiron action is back with Dave Forrester coaching that team. The Jr. Mustangs had a "Pee Wee" program a couple of years ago led by Joie Petrillo which was very successful, but last year the "numbers" were not there.

Here in 2018, Jr. Mustangs' administrators are pleased that more youngsters have expressed an interest in playing which allowed Dansville to re-instate the program. With more players on the field, it will hopefully fuel larger numbers in the future for high school sports.

Dansville has always had very successful cheerleading programs through the years, but again "numbers" has become an issue in that realm in the recent past. This year the cheer line-up has been finalized as there will be a number of different levels for youngsters to cheer at. This year "Elite" cheerleading for 7th and 8th graders will be coached by Holly Cartwright. Senior cheer for 5th and 6th grade is being headed up by Toni Mickey. Shana Swain will coach the "Junior" squad for 3rd and 4th graders. Finally the "Flag" program for K-2nd grade will be piloted by Jamie Freas. This year's C.Y.F.L. cheer-off will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Wayland-Cohocton Fieldhouse.

Most of the Jr. Mustangs teams will open their season on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Cohocton Sports Complex against rival Wayland-Cohocton with "Flag" football to get underway at 4 p.m. However, the "Pee Wee" team will "march to the beat of a different drummer" with a schedule all their own.

As Hank Williams Jr. (no relation) sings ... "Are you ready for some football?" The answer in Dansville is a resounding..."YES!"

Good luck to all.

Dansville Pee Wee Football Schedule

Thur. Aug. 30 Leroy at Dansville 6:30 p.m.

Sat. Sept. 8- Dansville at Genesee Valley Bills noon

Sat. Sept. 15-Dansville at Bath 9 a.m.

Sat. Sept. 22 Dansville at Leroy 10 a.m.

Sat. Sept. 29 Bath at Dansville 9 a.m.

Sat. Oct. 6 Genesee Valley Bills at Dansville noon

Sun. Oct. 14 Bath at Dansville 8:30 a.m.

Sat. Oct. 20 Dansville at Leroy 10 a.m.