CICERO, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – A big day for football in the Mohawk Valley started Thursday morning with the Central New York high school football media day hosted by syracuse.com. The event took place at Cicero-North Syracuse High School’s Michael J. Bragman Athletic Complex, and over 40 of the 70-plus Section III football teams attended, including a double digit number of Utica-area schools making the drive.

The high school football season begins with Week 0 on September 2nd. It’s called Week 0 because it is the first week that schools have the required number of practices that make them eligible to participate in games, and many use that opportunity to schedule scrimmages that won’t count against their team’s record. That is not a set rule though and teams can choose to schedule regular season games, usually against a non-league opponent, which is the case for some local schools, Whitesboro, RFA, New Hartford, CVA, VVS, Oneida, Holland Patent  and a few more all playing games that week.