Postponed East High vs. Canandaigua Academy football game goes off without a hitch Saturday
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Saturday afternoon’s rescheduled football game between East High School and Canandaigua Academy played on with no problems.
As News10NBC previously reported, the game was rescheduled Friday night after concerns were raised following an "incident" during dismissal. News10NBC talked to East High Superintendent Shaun Nelms, Ph.D.
Nelms felt the right decision was made postponing the game until Saturday so that different safety protocols could be put in place to keep both teams, and their fans safe.
Under cloudy skies, and with a fall chill in the air, the game at East High was played without any off-field problems.
"We’ll we’re not going to ruin the masses for the bad actions of a few, and so it’s really important to have this game, and for us to demonstrate to the community that we’re going to move forward in a positive way," Nelms said. "As you can see the game is going great, fans are great, and the kids are having fun on the field."
Nelms told News10NBC Friday’s confrontation involved a "non-East student," and this group was targeting a specific student from East High. The incident also did not involve anyone from Canandaigua.
"It wasn’t an imminent threat," Nelms said. "We wanted to just make sure, when we came back since COVID there’s quite a few kids we don’t recognize just yet so we wanted to just check names, check references, make sure that we were making the safest decision for all kids for East, and the folks from Canandaigua."
Nelms said school surveillance video of the "incident" has been turned over to police, and some of those students have since been identified. He also shared some advice He wanted East High parents to be aware of.
"If you know that your child has an issue with someone in the community, or the community has an issue with your own child, let the school know. We have counselors and social workers. We have a great network of support that will allow them to mend the issue in a positive way," Nelms said.
East High was held scoreless until the fourth quarter, losing to Canandaigua Academy 33 – 16.