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No Kick-Off Classic at The Ralph

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By Miguel Rodriguez

Upon further review, the quest for some teams to reach The Ralph for championship games will not begin at the home of the Buffalo Bills on opening night of the high school football season.

According to an email from Section VI chairman Ken Stoldt, he writes that the planned Kick-Off Classic tripleheader for opening night (Friday, Sept. 5) at Ralph Wilson Stadium "will not get off the ground this year, at least not at Ralph Wilson Stadium." According to Stoldt, Bills officials informed him that they will need the time between the team's final preseason game Aug. 28 at The Ralph and the home opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 14 to complete the on-going stadium renovation project.

Stoldt holds out some hope in the email that the Kick-Off Classic could still happen if the section finds a suitable venue to host the games.

In the interim, the three games slated for Ralph Wilson Stadium will be played at the home fields of the teams originally scheduled to host those contests.

About the reporters

Miguel Rodriguez, a Buffalo native and University of Rochester graduate, began his career at The News in 2003 as a sports copy editor and joined the high school sports beat in 2014. One of the most versatile members of the sports department, he has covered all manner of high school, college and professional events, including the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The former college hockey goalie has contributed to the Sabres beat, covered youth hockey and reported from the IIHF World Junior Championship and the men's and women's NCAA Frozen Four.

Keith McShea, named deputy sports editor in 2014, has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) has covered — and live blogged — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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