COHOCTON — Local teams in the Community Youth Football League have all started practice recently in preparation for their opening weekend at the end of this month.
The Wayland-Cohocton Junior Eagles are among those 14 area teams who have been literally "sweating it out" getting ready for the regular season. When I think of football, I think about fall and a little chill in the breeze instead of the baseball conditions of summertime.
Junior Eagles president Shawn Harvey noted, "We have a lot of very dedicated players, coaches, parents and volunteers who are ready for football season to start. It sure takes a lot of hard work for it all to come together, but we're ready and we're excited!"
The 2018 coaching staff for the Wayland-Cohocton youth football program will consist of Shawn Harvey leading up the Senior team. Mark Johnson will be the head coach at the Junior level. Tim McDougal assumes the responsibilities of the Flag team, while Carrie McCarthy has the job of coordinating all of the cheerleading squads. Heather Johnson has also helped out a lot with her prompt submission of stats from the Golden Eagles games throughout the season.
This year's campaign kicks-off on Saturday, Aug. 25 and it gets going with a big rival match-up to set the tone for the season. Rival Dansville will visit Wayland-Cohocton in the opener that day. The new twist is that it will be the first time that the youth teams have played at the Elsie Tripp Sports Complex in Cohocton!
The Flag game will be played at 4 p.m., with the Juniors at 6 p.m., followed by the Seniors under the lights at 8 o'clock. Harvey noted, "I feel we have a very good Seniors team with a lot of players back, and they're working very hard. I think it's nice to play in Cohocton under the lights for the first time. I know the kids are fired up, and it was a good fit to play your local rivals in a big game like this to start the season. We're extremely anxious for that game for sure! It should be exciting for both programs."
Also this year the annual CYFL Cheerleading Competition will be held at Wayland-Cohocton's high school fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 3. So there'll be a lot of noise during the season, and afterwards as well.
Aug. 25 vs. Dansville
Sept. 9 at Canisteo
Sept. 16 at Warsaw
Sept. 23 vs. Livonia
Sept. 30 vs. Avon
Oct. 7- at Bath
Oct. 14 vs. Hornell
Oct. 21 at Wellsville