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Piedmont gets creative to stay in game shape

Piedmont gets creative to stay in game shape

PIEDMONT – It’s not often a high school football team will go nearly a month while playing only one football game.

Yet that’s the situation Piedmont is facing. 

The Wildcats (3-1, 1-0 District 5A-2) will play only their second district game at 2 p.m. Saturday when they host Carl Albert. Piedmont has played only once since Sept. 18, its final nondistrict contest against Noble. 

In Week 4, its district opener against Guthrie was postponed only two hours before kickoff. Piedmont had nearly arrived at Jelsma Stadium before turning around. In Week 5, the Wildcats traveled to the panhandle and dismantled Guymon 57-0. Then last week, its game against Western Heights was canceled because the Jets aren’t playing football this fall. 

“The biggest part of it is losing game shape,” Piedmont coach Jeff Hall said. “We’ve been doing a lot of conditioning and making sure, especially on Fridays that we’ve not had games, we’ve run extra trying to simulate some game scenarios.

“But it’s tough. It’s really tough. Being in the boat that we’re in, we really won’t know anything until Saturday whether it’s worked or not.”

Last season, the Wildcats shocked the Titans in Week 5, ending their 40-game win streak at F&M Bank Stadium. 

The challenge that awaits Saturday is similar to last season. Carl Albert (4-1, 2-0) remains stout, but Piedmont, while capable of winning, will have to find its groove quickly. 

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Big G Creative’s Kraft Heinz Variety Game Pack Brings a Tasty Twist to Game Night

Big G Creative’s Kraft Heinz Variety Game Pack Brings a Tasty Twist to Game Night

As families spend more time at home and search for ways to stay entertained, game publisher Big G Creative is partnering with Kraft Heinz to bring delicious fun the whole family can enjoy with the new Kraft Heinz Variety Game Pack — a three-in-one, boredom-busting set of games inspired by iconic Kraft Heinz family food brands HEINZ™ Ketchup, JELL-O™ Gelatin and KRAFT™ Macaroni & Cheese.

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Big G Creative’s new Kraft Heinz Variety Game Pack includes three family-friendly games that bring beloved pantry essentials to life:

  • KRAFT™ Macaroni & Cheese Game‒ Satisfy your cravings with the KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Game! Roll the dice to play matching noodle cards and push Cheesasaurus Rex piece up the Noodle Meter … but make sure you don’t run out of noodles!

  • JELL-O™ Jiggler™ Slap Game– This card game is a quick-thinking, hand-slapping treat. Be the first to slap the correct card on the JELL-O gelatin flavor that’s called out to win. You might even have to wiggle and jiggle for your favorite flavor!

  • HEINZ™ Ketchup Dice Game‒ It’s HEINZ ketchup or bust in this press your luck game of risk versus reward! Roll the dice and collect as much ketchup as possible to score 57 points. America’s Favorite Ketchup™ game is definitely worth the wait!

“For most families, more time at home means getting extra creative with day-to-day routines and seeking out fun experiences in between,” said Steven Anne, creative director at Big G Creative. “Kraft Heinz has always brought a playfulness to the dinner table, and now we’re thrilled to bring that same spirit to family game night.”

The fun with food starts from the moment families open

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Bills: Covid-safe game viewing, local venues get creative with seating

Bills: Covid-safe game viewing, local venues get creative with seating

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Buffalo Riverworks and The Stage in Williamsville have repurposed portions of their businesses to give customers and Bills fans a covid-safe place to watch the game on Tuesday.

Riverworks has changed its entertainment area, which is usually used for roller derby and concerts, into a seating area and an indoor patio.

“We’re geared up and getting ready for the bills game tomorrow. But what we’ve decided to do this year, was rather than put all the patio furniture away for the winter in storage, we decided to get a little creative and create this indoor patio scene in there,” said Bill Casale, General Manager Pearl Street Properties and Buffalo Riverworks. “So we have the turf, we have all the patio furniture, we have some patio lights. Just to give people the feeling of being outside and enjoying a little bit more of summer trying to extend the season a little bit.”

When it comes to spacing and social distancing, Riverworks manager says that’s not a problem, because they have plenty of space.

“So we definitely have the benefit of spreading things out, everything is well over 6 feet a part, so we practice extreme safety, social distancing, we have sanitize stations all over the facility, all of our employees wear masks, etc. so we’re meeting all the guidelines,” he said.

Another venue that usually hosts concerts and events is The Stage in Williamsville. Management there says they’ve turned their popular dance floor into a dining area

“We just went through remodeling of our floor plan,” said Linnea Ryer bar manager. “So we have tables set up, for parties of 4 all the way up to 10.”

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Play with your food? Kraft Heinz and Big G Creative now selling a new variety game pack at Target

Play with your food? Kraft Heinz and Big G Creative now selling a new variety game pack at Target

This new Kraft Heinz product might be non-perishable, but don’t plan on storing it in the pantry.


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Kraft Heinz has teamed up with game publisher Big G Creative to create a set of three games inspired by iconic food brands Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Heinz Ketchup and Jell-O.

The Kraft Heinz Variety Game Pack is now for sale at Target and, Big G Creative shared exclusively with USA TODAY. It will normally sell for $19.99 but through Oct. 17 is on sale for $16.99.

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“As more families are spending a lot of time at home, they’re looking for more things to do, new games and activities,” Steven Anne, creative director at Big G Creative, told USA TODAY. “When I think of Kraft Heinz I think of them bringing playfulness to the dinner table and we really wanted to bring that same spirit and the look of the games themselves.”

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Puzzles and games have been popular items amid the coronavirus and early on in the pandemic, there were shortages of the toys.

The games – the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Game, Jell-O Jiggler Slap Game and Heinz Ketchup Dice Game – also look like the food packaging.

Each game takes about 20 minutes to play and is recommended for ages 8 and older. 

There’s an easy way to get a headstart in each of the games. The player who most recently ate Jell-O or the pasta dish or used ketchup goes first, according to the

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Bills fans finding creative ways to watch Tuesday’s game

Bills fans finding creative ways to watch Tuesday’s game

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some Bills fans hoping to head down to Tennessee to cheer for the team in person changed their minds after the recent scheduling woes.

Although the Titans are allowing more than 8,600 fans inside Nissan Stadium, many decided against traveling after the what ifs and back and forth whether the game would still be on.

Nick Giammusso is the president of VIP Tix, an organization that allows people to buy and sell tickets to events like football games. He says just a few weeks ago people were contacting him to head to Nashville.

“It seems like just a few weeks ago we were getting a lot of calls, fielding a lot of calls, and then with the uncertainty of the date, things just kind of leveled off,” Giammusso told News 4.

But Bills fans still want to be able to watch the game while also staying safe, so they’re finding creative ways to cheer on the team.

People can head to Lockport and break out the charcoal grills and folding tables. The Transit Drive-In is allowing people to tailgate and stay for the game. Strict safety protocols will be in place, however, with parking at roughly 50-percent capacity.

“The game is going to be projected on the largest outdoor screen in New York State with the brightest projector in the world, and it’s going to be incredible,” said owner Rick Cohen. “All from the comfort of your car, or you can sit outside in lawn chairs, as long as you stay within your group and social distance, everyone will have a safe and fun time.”

Marlee Tuskes is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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