Football, BBQ chicken and cars — oh my!

Cary Ashby • Jul 7, 2019 at 6:00 AM

COLLINS — Are you a fan of cars and football? Do you enjoy barbecue chicken?

Then Bachelder Field at Western Reserve might be the place to be July 17. A cruise-in car show, barbecue chicken dinner and 7-on-7 passing scrimmage involving seven area teams will start at 6 p.m.

Varsity football coach Ty Stevenson said he considers the event “a time for the community to get together” and enjoy a chicken dinner, some football and “see some pretty cool cars.”

“I love cars; I love football,” he added. “My dream has been to become a football coach and then do a car show.”

Anything with a vehicle is welcome to join the car show. There is free spectator admission, but a $20 donation per vehicle is suggested. Stevenson said residents should bring “anything they want to show off” — from cars to Gators to motorcycles and more. 

The first 50 vehicles will receive dash plaques. There will be two trophy classes.

Also at the event will be raffles for a free detail at Zac’s Auto Detailing LLC in Wakeman and courtesy of Summit Motorsports Park, two reserve tickets to the Night Under Fire. Adding to the atmosphere will be concessions and music.

Seven area teams will participate in the passing scrimmages — Western, Willard, Colonel Crawford, Fairview Park, Keystone, Northmor and Vermilion.

Stevenson said the scrimmages are a great opportunity to see different teams in action, check their offensive and defensive schemes and “brush up on our quarterback-wide receiver timing.”

“Our kids are excited,” added the Western coach, who hopes to make this a yearly event. “7-on-7 is a big thing in the summer.”

In addition to the July 17 event, the Roughriders will play in two other passing scrimmages, at Norwalk and Willard.

“We try to do three a summer; that’s a pretty good number,” Stevenson said.

For more information about the event, call Ty Stevenson at 419-706-5025.

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