By Christopher Novak
Expect a perfect night for football on Saturday, Aug. 25 as the Marcellus Mustangs host the Bishop-Ludden Gaelic Knights in a pre-season, full contact scrimmage that should whet the appetite of every Mustang fan hungry for the season to start. Football is here and for fans salivating at the thought of another exciting playoff run, this scrimmage will be the appetizer de jour before the regular season kicks off a week later against Phoenix on Friday, Aug. 31. The entire community is invited out to the stadium on Saturday night to enjoy an evening of football.
There is no charge for admission to the scrimmage so bring the family to the beautiful new Marcellus stadium complex and see a preview of 2007 Mustang football. Junior varsity plays at 6:30 p.m. with varsity kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The concession stand should be open.
In past years, Marcellus has coordinated and participated in a round-robin scrimmage format with several area teams at other locations that often limited fan attendance. This year, Marcellus did something different with the fans in mind.
"We have one of the nicest stadium complexes in the state for a school our size so it made sense to invite the Marcellus community to come out and enjoy some pre-season football," said Mustang head coach, Joe Goss, "the players get a feel for game conditions under the lights against a very tough Bishop-Ludden team."
Before last season, Bishop-Ludden played in Class B but the Gaelic Knights dropped to Class C last year where they went 4-3 in a tough division that included undefeated Hannibal and powerhouse Canastota (who they upset 36-33). In 2007, Bishop-Ludden returns all-state senior running back Daquan Grobsmith and two all-league seniors in quarterback Conner Sweeney and receiver Wendall Williams along with junior defensive lineman Steve Barrett. The Gaelic Knights are loaded with talent and will give the Mustangs a real test.