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Salamanca Sabers selected to play at halftime of Bills preseason game

It's not everyday you get asked to play at New Era Field during a Buffalo Bills game, but it was a reality for some local Salamanca youth football players at Thursday's pre-season opener.

The Salamanca Sabers and the Allegany-Limestone Gators midget squads put on quite the show for the home crowd.

The Sabers were rewarded for their offseason coaching education work through the Bills community relations staff. Both Salamanca youth football programs enrolled in USA Football’s 2019 Heads Up Football program to advance player safety by providing coaching education and teaching resources that benefit players, parents and coaches while maximizing the youth football experience.

No score was kept -- but of course, that didn't matter in the grand scheme of the experience! The kids were greeted by Bills fans, who cheered for them like they were pros. It was over in a blink, but for the young athletes, it created memories that will last a lifetime. Recap: The Buffalo Bills defeated the Indianapolis Colts 24-16 for their first win of the preseason.The Bills defense looked like they were in regular season form.

Buffalo, who ranked second in yards allowed in 2018, held the Colts scoreless until time expired for the first half. Tremaine Edmunds was flying all over the field, recording four tackles in his limited play time.

Buffalo’s pass defense swarmed to the ball and did not allow a passing touchdown.

Rookie safety Jaquan Johnson led the Bills with eight total tackles. Seventh-round pick Darryl Johnson played on the second-team at defensive end finishing with a sack and one pass defended.

Starters played roughly an entire quarter on Friday. Quarterback Josh Allen and the rest of Buffalo’s offensive and defensive starters each played at least two drives.

(Photo Courtesy: Candice Walton, Facebook)

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