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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Saints look to continue surprise playoff run
After over a decade of futility, the Seton Catholic Central Saints had their first winning season in a long time a year ago, and this year not only made the playoffs but provided Section IV with the surprise of the season. A 34-26 upset over #1 seed, and 4th ranked Walton on Saturday. It's the first Section IV Semifinal berth for Seton since well before any player on the team was born. Head Coach Brian Mister hopes and expects that this is just the first step in a turnaround for the program.
Seton plays Unatego on Friday night at 8:00 at U-E's Ty Cobb Stadium. Tioga and Moravia do battle prior, at 5:00.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Spartans, Blue Devils finish regular season atop state polls
With the regular season concluding and the postseason ready to begin, the final state rankings of the regular season have been released with some surprise changes affecting Section IV and other non-changes that should not be a surprise at all.
Class AA - Corning, Elmira (honorable mentions)
Class B - Maine-Endwell (1), Susquehanna Valley (18), Norwich (HM)
Class C - Chenango Forks (1), Lansing (14), Newark Valley (19), Waverly (23), Watkins Glen (HM)
Class D - Tioga (3), Unatego/Franklin (6), Moravia (14), Walton (16), Deposit/Hancock, Seton (HM)
Spartans ready for another playoff run
After 46 straight wins and a third straight 8-0 season, it's hard to imagine that the Maine-Endwell Spartans have "unfinished business," but they do. Usually a team with unfinished business is looking to make up for a disappointment the year before. There haven't been many disappointments for M-E in recent memory, but this year the Spartans unfinished business is simply to do it all again. Five more wins stand in the way of M-E and an unprecedented four straight NYSPHSAA Titles. Five.
As they gear up for the Section IV Semifinals against the Susquehanna Valley Sabers, the Spartans look to be playing their best football of the season. A Week 6 win over Chenango Forks, a Week 8 win over Elmira, in fact, their last three wins (JC in Week 7) have come against playoff bound teams. Including U-E, which finished 2-6 and had an automatic bid into the Section IV Class A Finals from Week 1, six of the eight teams the Spartans faced are playoff teams and they outscored those opponents by 158 points.
The Sabers are all too familiar with the Spartans as M-E got the best of the Week 2 battle, 27-14. Although, that was a much better outcome than the previous two meetings: a 69-0 M-E win a year ago, and a 71-0 M-E win the year before. Admittedly, this is a much different Sabers team.
Better opponent or not, the Spartans know that their key to victory flows through their offense and junior quarterback Kyle Balmer.
Kickoff scheduled for Saturday at 7:00 at Maine-Endwell.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Section Semifinal schedule set
With the regular season in the books, the playoffs are ready to kick off... pun intended. The Section IV Semifinal round begins Friday and continues into Saturday, listed below is the full schedule by class.
Binghamton @ Corning, Sat, 11/1, 7:00
Horseheads @ Elmira, Sat, 11/1, 1:30
Section Final, Sat, 11/8, 3:00 @ U-E
Vestal @ Union-Endicott, Fri, 11/7, 8:00 @ U-E
Johnson City @ Norwich, Fri, 10/30, 7:00
Susquehanna Valley @ Maine-Endwell, Sat, 11/1, 7:00
Section Final, Sat, 11/8, 6:00 @ U-E
Waverly @ Chenango Forks, Sat, 11/1, 12:00 @ Alumni
Newark Valley @ Lansing, Sat, 11/1, 3:00 @ Alumni
Section Final, 11/8, 12:00 @ U-E
Moravia @ Tioga, Fri, 10/31, 5:00 @ U-E
Seton @ Unatego, Fri, 10/31, 8:00 @ U-E
Section Final, Fri, 11/7, 5:00, @ U-E
Blue Devils ready for postseason rivalry with Wolverines
While fans always look forward to the Chenango Forks/Chenango Valley rivalry during the regular season, there's a fierce rivalry brewing in the postseason of late. The last two years the Blue Devils have met the Waverly Wolverines in the Section IV Class C Finals. The Blue Devils won both matchups, 28-27 in OT in 2012, then a 49-15 win a year ago.
This year, the two are meeting in the section semi-finals, but it will likely have the feel of the title game. While the Blue Devils say that they are "far from where we need to be," they're confident that their hard work at practice this week will pay off and, they're ready for a tough battle against a tough Waverly team.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Sunday Recap of High School Football: Week 8
On Sunday, we recap the 29-0 victory Maine-Endwell had over Elmira Saturday afternoon, a 49-14 win Chenango Forks had over Chenango Valley, and a 34-26 win Seton had over Walton in the Class D Quarterfinals.
4th & Goal Game of the Week: Week 8 - Chenango Forks @ Chenango Valley
On Saturday, Chenango Valley hosted Chenango Forks for a battle of the Civil War. The Blue Devils went on to win 49-14.
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