Ellicottville, Salamanca to Renew Football Rivalry ... In Alumni Game

Saturday night at Ellicottville Central School, two groups of proud area alums will square off on the football field.

Alumni from Ellicottville and Salamanca Central Schools — 30 years of age and older — will lace up the cleats and put on the pads one more time for a charity game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Even though the game is for charity, and will go to benefit the youth (pee wees and midgets) and high school football programs of both areas, the game is full contact.

The meeting was put together by captains from the two schools — Tim Grinols (Ellicottville) and Seth Hostuttler (Salamanca). This is the third year the Ellicottville alumni will be playing in such a game, while it will be Salamanca’s first against the Eagles.

Ellicottville played against West Valley the first two contests, and won both, 13-0 and 21-0. In those games, more than $3,000 was raised.

West Valley declined to participate in this year’s game, leaving Ellicottville in need of an opponent. Grinols (ECS class of 1992) contacted Hostuttler (SHS 2000), who agreed to field a team.

“THERE WAS talk that Salamanca was interested in the game,” Grinols said.

Ellicottville and Salamanca have only met twice on the varsity high school level— in 1933 (a 6-0 Salamanca win) and in 2006 (a 12-6 Ellicottville victory). Despite the schools’ proximity, they are in different classifications and their non-league schedules don’t sync.

“There’s going to be a lot of bragging rights on the line,” Grinols said. “Everyone wants to do the best they can. We want to get out there, play in front of our kids, and put a good show for everyone.”

Each roster lists 30-35 players, some of whom are right at the 30-year-old mark (graduated in 2000), while one player is 54 years old (graduated in 1976).

Both team have been practicing at least once a week, and both said their teams are ready to go.

“THIS IS the largest turnout we’ve had in the three years,” Grinols said. “I think this is the best team we’ve had, too. Good combination of size and speed.”