‘Billies football to go down to Class C South

It wouldn’t be the offseason without another shake up to the Fredonia football program.

Tuesday’s Fredonia School Board meeting featured that shake up, as Fredonia Athletic Director Greg Lauer presented that the football team would be moving down to the Class C South starting for the 2019 season, leaving behind the Class B3 in which they won just this past season.

“It was really just a numbers move,” said Lauer about the move down. “It came down to numbers and the traveling and we knew this was the right decision.”

In the process of making the move down to Class C, Fredonia won’t be accompanied by Brocton for another season.

“Brocton was always in compliance with us when they joined last season that, if we had to move, they would be able to figure things out on their own,” said Lauer.

The Class C South features plenty of formidable competition, including a Southwestern team that made a run to New Era Field this past season. Also, moving from the Class C North to the Class C South will be Gowanda-Pine Valley, who will hope to make some extra noise as well. The Class C South also includes Randolph-Frewsburg, Cassadaga Valley-Falconer, Chautauqua Lake-Westfield, Franklinville-Ellicottville, Portville and Allegany Limestone.

“I don’t really know much about the Class C South division yet,” said Fredonia head coach Greg Sherlock. “It’s going to be like starting over getting to know these teams now.”

When asked about the move, Coach Sherlock doesn’t want people to think that going down is a bad thing.

“Everybody thinks that when you move down it changes things,” said Sherlock.

“These teams in Class C are good. This move is about the kids, and I feel we can be competitive in every game.”

But what does this mean for the Fredonia-Dunkirk rivalry?

“Whenever we’ve been in separate leagues from Dunkirk, they’ve been our non-league game and that won’t change,” added Lauer. “We’ll play the six league games and Dunkirk will be our non-league game.”

In other news, the Fredonia soccer teams won’t be playing their games at the High School next season due to the poor conditions of the fields. Fredonia is likely to play their games at either Fredonia State University or Dunkirk High School.

Also, the Fredonia girls swim team will be combining with Silver Creek and Forestville for the upcomming season.