Full Section III football schedule released for fall 2021 season

High school football in Section III is set for a fall return for the 2021 season.

After COVID-19 canceled the fall high school football season last year and a shortened spring season was played, the tentative schedule approved by the section’s athletic council has things starting to get back to what looks like a more usual season. 

For some teams this will be the first time they strap up the pads in two years. Spring football was an option in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley, but not every program opted in. And, with all the COVID protocols, there wasn’t a postseason.

Back to action

The 2021 season is set to kick off on Friday, Sept. 3, according to the schedule. That is a week later than usual, but the same time the season was set to begin last year. Some teams will play games the first weekend while others may opt for scrimmages.

If teams opt to play a game that first weekend then they will bring their regular season game total up to eight, an increase from the usual seven game schedule.

The ninth week of the season will be the start of playoffs. That is set for Friday, Oct. 29.

New Hartford players celebrate a touchdown during a game during the recent shortened spring season. High school football is set to return in the fall.

Big-time matchups

A game that is always circled on the schedule is one of the oldest rivalries in high school football: Thomas R. Proctor and Rome Free Academy. That game is set to take place on Friday, Sept. 24 at RFA this season.

That weekend is packed with big games as the Whitesboro Warriors are scheduled take on the New Hartford Spartans and Frankfort-Schuyler is set to travel to Dolgeville to take on the Blue Devils.

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