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Thursday, August 28, 2014

 

Fox 40 Goes to Camp: Clearing the Air

The Tioga Tigers enter the season looking for a fourth straight appearance in the State Semifinals and hope to get over that final hurdle to play for a State Title.  A big part of their success is due to their dominant running game.  The Tigers run a merciless ground and pound offense that allowed Jesse Manuel to rack up over 2,000 yards rushing and set a school record in 2013, as a sophomore.  This year, as a junior, Manuel has his eyes set once again on the 2,000 yard mark, but he may get less touches per game.  This year it seems like Head Coach Nick Aiello has added more of a passing repertoire to the playbook, and while opponents shouldn't expect last second 50 yard Hail Mary's in the 4th quarter, Aiello says it's all about having a balanced attack.

By implementing a stronger passing game, the Tigers double their threat and create confusion and havoc for the defense.  This will not only take pressure off the running game, but take some of the focus off of Manuel allowing him to sneak a few carries in while the secondary may be expecting pass.

The Tigers begin their quest for the Dome on the road against Newark Valley.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

 

Fox 40 Goes to Camp: Aiming for the Top

Like most of Section IV, the Binghamton Patriots were caught off guard by the surging Elmira Express who finished 5-5 in 2012 only to go undefeated in the regular season, win the Section IV Class AA Title before falling in the State Semifinals.  The Patriots had a rather successful 2013 season of their own, finishing at 7-3, but this year are aiming for a return to the state playoffs and gunning for the defending champion Express.

While graduation once again shook up the Patriots roster, as it does to all schools, Head Coach Mike Ramil says that this year's squad has a lot returners and even better, a lot of athletes.  This year in training camp, the Pats are focused on intensity, and giving it all on every play to get better, every play.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

 

Fox 40 Goes to Camp: Unfinished Business

For all but a hand full of teams every year, the season ends with a loss in the final game of the season.  The Newark Valley Cardinals season ended a few games earlier than they hoped, in a 25-20 heartbreaking loss to the Waverly Wolverines in the Section IV Class C Semifinals.  Understandably, it's been a long offseason for the Cardinals who are back on the field for training camp and working harder than ever with one goal in mind: a Section IV Title.

To achieve that goal, the Cardinals start the season off with a true test in Week One, defending Section IV Class D Champion Tioga.  On the plus side for NV, they have home field advantage.


Monday, August 25, 2014

 

Fox 40 Goes to Camp: Have no fear, Saints are here!

The Seton Catholic Central Saints football program has had a rough go of things for the last decade.  Thanks to a Week 9 win over Susquehanna Valley, the Saints finished last year at 5-4 snapping a streak of 11 straight losing seasons.  Unfortunately it's going to take a lot more than one season over .500 to have other teams gunning for you every week, but the Saints are embracing the role of the underdog.  They know it's going to take hard work and extra reps in practice to get the job done.

Not only to get the job done though, but to be able to finish the game.  The Saints roster size is in the low 20s meaning that they'll need to be one of the best conditioned teams in Section IV as most of the roster will be expected to play both sides of the ball.  Despite the small numbers, they're confident in their ability and are excited for the future of the program.  Saints Head Coach Brian Mister says that the roster size should be increasing in the years to come as the younger classes in the Catholic School system feature a lot of quality athletes.

The Saints open the season on the road against Delhi on September 6th at 1:00.


 

Fox 40 Goes to Camp: Sabers Speed is the Key

We went into  the valley of Sabers and saw Susquehanna Valley this weekend.

The blue and gold finished 3-6 on the season last year and coach said their inexperience showed on the field in 2013, losing very close games, including one in overtime against Norwich. But lets focus on 2014 and this year. The youngsters have grown up and the offense looks to be faster than ever before as the Sabers try to light up the scoreboard and earn more wins in the standings. 

Susquehanna Valley opens their season in two weeks at home against Elmira so expect the valley of to spark on week one.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

 

Fox 40 Goes to Camp: New Stadium, New Wildcats

Johnson City Wildcats are getting ready for another good season in Division 2, Class B but this team will have less seniors. With a nice 4 game winning streak heading into the playoffs last year, the Wildcats beat Norwich 35-14 but fell to eventual state champ Maine-Endwell the next week.

Over the next few weeks, expect this young group of Wildcats to show off their talent on the brand new football stadium that is being finished as we speak. This will bring them back to their home turf this season and it's exciting to see the maroon and white play on high school ground once again.

Their first game is on the road at Chenango Forks and their goal for the season is to continue to execute and score as many points on the board as possible.




Saturday, August 23, 2014

 

Fox 40 Goes to Camp: Under Pressure?

When you win a state title, like Chenango Forks, and you have a passionate fan base, like Chenango Forks, and your football program has a long history of success, like Chenango Forks, you inevitably have a lot expected of you.  The Chenango Forks Blue Devils are a new team this year as, like many other schools, last year's graduation wrought havoc on the roster, especially the dominant offensive line.  But many players on this year's team were members of last year's state title run and no what it takes to get the job done.  They also know how to handle the pressure and the expectations of the coaching staff and the fan base.

Head Coach Dave Hogan says already in the first few days of practice, the veteran leaders on his team have become an extension of the coaching staff, reiterating that this team will not succeed by looking ahead to the end of the season, or even as far as week two.  His and his team's focus is on week one against Johnson City.



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