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Thursday, February 27, 2014

 

Division and Class Shake Up Set for 2014

According to Section4Football.com's Twitter feed, the Section IV Divisions will be realigned to reflect a few school's changing class.

Listed below are the class and division alignments for 2014 with changes listed in parentheses:

Divison I - Class AA/A
Binghamton - AA
Corning - AA (up from A)
Elmira - AA
Horseheads - AA (up from A)
Ithaca - AA (up from A)
Union-Endicott - A
Vestal - A

Division II - Class B
Chenango Valley (realigned from Div. III, up from C)
Johnson City
Maine-Endwell
Owego Free Academy

Division III - Class B (Division III was Class C in 2013 - all teams realigned from Divison II)
Norwich
Oneonta
Susquehanna Valley
Windsor

Division IV - Class C
Chenango Forks (realigned from Div. III)
Greene (realigned from Div. III)
Newark Valley (realigned from Div. III)
Sidney (realigned from Div. VI, up from Class D)
Whitney Point (realigned from Div. III)

Division V - Class C
Dryden (realigned from Div. IV)
Lansing (realigned from Div. IV)
Thomas A. Edison (realigned from Div. IV)
Trumansburg (realigned from Div. IV)
Watkins Glen (realigned from Div. VII, up from Class D)
Waverly (realigned from Div. IV)

Division VI - Class D (all teams realigned from Div. V)
Bainbridge-Guilford
Deposit/Hancock
Delhi
Unadilla Valley
Unatego
Walton

Division VII - Class D (all teams realigned from Div. VI)
Candor
Harpursville
Oxford
Seton Catholic Central
Tioga

Division VIII - Class D (new Division for 2014)
Groton (realigned from Div VII)
Moravia (realigned frim Div. VII)
Elmira Notre Dame (realigned from Div. VII)
Odessa-Montour (realigned from Div. VII)
Spencer-Van Etten (realigned from Div. VII)
Newfield (new team to Section IV)


Now that we have that settled, here are some thoughts on these updates.  First off, welcome Newfield to Section IV Football.  Secondly, it will be interesting to watch the shake up in Class AA now that Corning and Horseheads have made the jump up a conference.  However, this would have done little to affect the Division standings in 2013, as all of Class AA and A are in the same division.  It is also worth noting that U-E and Vestal will automatically be pitted head-to-head in the Section Finals rather than having to go through Corning and Horseheads as they had to last season.

One of the biggest disappointments, from my perspective at least, is seeing Chenango Valley make the jump from C back up to B.  Granted, I can't imagine that Forks and Valley wouldn't schedule the rivalry game, but now there won't be any divisional implications on the line, as there were last year.

Also, Sidney making the step up from Class C could be a good omen.  In 2005, the Warriors won a State Title as a member of Class C.  But any chance they have of finding another one will certainly have to go through reigning State Champ Chenango Forks.  Watkins Glen also makes the jump to Class C, turning a 10-team, 2 division class into an 11-team, 2 division class.

As a result of Chenango Valley moving to B and necessitating splitting the class into two divisions, the Section now features a Division VIII.  With the exception of the addition of Newfield, this new division is just a realignment of last year's Division VII.

It may be six months away, but high school football season will be on us before you know it!  Continue to stick with Fox 40 as we plan to bring you another great season of 4th & Goal as well as coverage throughout the week during the season!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

 

Krowiak, Thomas headline All State football teams

A week ago, the All State football teams were announced for Classes B, C, and D.  This week, Class AA and A are honored and there's plenty of firepower representing Section IV.

In Class AA, Elmira's Eli Thomas earned a spot on the first team defense, James Mechalke 4th team offense, Anthony Penn 4th team defense, Jerry McPeak 5th team offense.  Binghamton's Joe Crowley made the 2nd team defense and Morgan Faughnan 4th team defense.

In Class A, U-E takes the cake.  One day after CJ Krowiak broke the school's scoring record in basketball by recording his 1,040th point in a 31-point performance, the Tigers WR was named to the All State First Team Offense.  Fellow wide out Nick Yesensky was named to the 2nd team offense.  Linebacker Lucas DePofi made second team defense, QB Joey Orlando and RB Sammy Davis 4th team offense.


Friday, January 10, 2014

 

Gallagher, Zimmer win NYS Players of the Year

The awards keep on coming in for the Maine-Endwell Spartans and Chenango Forks Blue Devils.  The New York State Sports Writers Association has named M-E Quarterback Kyle Gallagher Class B Player of the Year.  Additionally, Forks fullback Isaiah Zimmer has been named Class C Co-Player of the year, sharing honors with Babylon wide receiver Jake Carlock.

Since assuming starting duties, Gallagher has led the Spartans to three straight state titles and a perfect 34-0 record.  Gallagher was the driving force behind the Spartans 75-yard game winning drive in the final minute-plus of the State Championship against Schalmont, and tossed the game winning two-point conversion to give the Spartans their final lead of the game.

Zimmer's senior year was just as remarkable.  He set a school rushing record with 2,054 yards on the ground, 962 of them coming in the playoffs alone.  Zimmer was named as State Finals MVP after a 39 carry, 175 yard, three touchdown performance.

Section IV didn't stop with just two players of the year, though.  Ten other players were named to first-teams All-State.

M-E running back Darnell Woolfolk and safety/receiver Alec Wisniewski were both named to the first-team Class B.

Chenango Forks offensive lineman Hunter Luybli, defensive lineman Mike Zurenda, and linebacker Ryan Bronson were named to the first-team Class C.

In Class D, Tioga running back Jesse Manuel, offensive lineman Dylan Babcock, and defensive lineman Carter Jackson were named to the first-team.  Joining them are Sidney defensive lineman Austin Dean and Elmira Notre Dame linebacker Tom Agan.

Class AA and A selections will be announced next week.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

 

Blue Devils celebrate Title with parade

The Chenango Forks Blue Devils are still riding high after their thrilling State Title win over Rye Neck back on December 1st.  Almost two weeks later, the team braved the cold and the snow and trekked through the school's neighborhood for their championship parade.  Droves of fans lined the street, braving the elements themselves, to applaud their boys one last time.

After the parade, the team and their fans continued the party with a free lunch and autograph sessions at Moe's on Front Street.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

 

Spartans prove anything can happen

With most of the attention being focused on head coach Matt Gallagher's decision to go for two and the win, but what's slightly overlooked is the drive and touchdown that led to the conversion.  With just 88 seconds left to play, the Spartans needed only nine plays to march 75 yards down the field and score with four seconds left.  It took several clutch catches by Jake Sinicki and a monster grab by Alec Wisniewski.

This Maine-Endwell team never gave up and was well aware that they could make any comeback possible.


 

Forks Seniors finish careers on top

Imagine practicing every day and playing games every weekend for the better part of four months.  Your team is riding an 11-game win streak into the State Semifinals only to fall short and lose one week before the final game of the season.  That's what happened to the Chenango Forks Blue Devils in 2012 when Hornell ended their season, but this year's team, specifically the seniors, remember all too well last year's loss.

Since training camp they had one goal on their mind, State Championship.  They've achieved their goal, and for them, it's the best possible way to go out - on top.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

 

First half deficit requires halftime inspiration

The last time the Maine-Endwell Spartans had trailed a game at halftime was in the very stadium they were playing in on Sunday.  In 2011 M-E trailed Burnt Hills at the half before making a comeback to win the first of three consecutive state titles.  In 2013, the Spartans trailed the Schalmont Sabres 14-0 at the break.  It was arguably the sloppiest half of M-E football all season.  Three fumbles, a handful of penalites, and an uphill battle in the second half.

But there's a reason this team had, to that point, won back-to-back titles.  They show no quit.  The halftime message was simple, essentially: "Go out there and play Spartan football."  That, they did.  The Spartans scored the next two touchdowns before giving up the go-ahead score with 1:28 left to play.  Kyle Gallagher and the M-E offense then covered 75 yards in 1:19 to score with 4 seconds left.  The drive was completed by a surprising two-point conversion toss from Gallagher to Darnell Woolfolk for the 22-21 win.

As exciting as the second half was for the M-E faithful, the first half was the opposite.  The change is due largely to the message at halftime.


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