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Friday, October 31, 2014


Friday Night Frenzy: Section IV Semifinal Edition

Scores and Highlights from Friday's Section IV Semifinals:

Class B Semifinals
Johnson City 14 - Norwich 27
Norwich adv to Sect Finals vs. M-E/SV

Class D Semifnals
Moravia 23 - Tioga 61

Seton 27 - Unatego 41

Unatego vs. Tioga, Fri 11/7, 5:00

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.

Class AA
Binghamton @ Corning, Sat, 11/1, 7:00
Horseheads @ Elmira, Sat, 11/1, 1:30
Section Final, Sat, 11/8, 3:00 @ U-E

Class A
Vestal @ Union-Endicott, Fri, 11/7, 8:00 @ U-E

Class B
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

Class C
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

Class D
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.


4th & Goal Week Eight: Play and Hit of the Week

Here is the best play and the biggest hit from Week Seven of the High School Football Season in Section IV on our Show 4th and Goal. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Section IV Saturday: Week 8

Scores and Highlights from Section IV Football on Saturday's Week 8:

Class D Quarterfinal

8. Seton 34 - 1. Walton 26 Final

6. Elmira-Notre Dame 6 - 3. Moravia 48 Final

Regular Season

Maine-Endwell 29 - Elmira 0

Chenango Forks 49 - Chenango Valley 14 Final

Greene 34 - Whitney Point 0 Final

Sidney 0 - Newark Valley 63 Final

Windsor 6 - Susquehanna Valley 43 Final

Newfield 24 - Delhi 66 Final

Spencer-Van Etten 36 - Thomas A. Edison 7 Final

Friday, October 24, 2014


Friday Night Frenzy: Week 8 Highlights and Scores

Scores and Highlights from Section IV Football on Week Eight Friday (home team listed 2nd):

Class D Quarterfinal

7. Deposit/Hancock 6 - 2. Tioga 40 Final

5. Harpursville/Afton 14 - 4. Unatego/Franklin 60 Final

Regular Season

Corning 37 - Vestal 16 Final

Dryden 15 - Waverly 42 Final

Norwich 38 - Oneonta 12 Final

Ithaca 8 - Binghamton 75 Final

Johnson City 35 - Owego 25 Final

Watkins Glen 38 - Lansing 47 Final

Horseheads 21 - Union-Endicott 18 Final

Oxford - Unadilla Valley Final

Bainbridge-Guilford 36 - Candor 22 Final

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Spartans, Blue Devils remain atop final regular season state poll

Approaching Week 8 of the regular season, some things never change.  Of course, I'm talking about the state rankings in regard to a few select Section IV Football teams.  Maine-Endwell, Chenango Forks, and Tioga all head into the last week of the season in the state rankings right where they started and stayed.  Spartans - 1st in Class B, Blue Devils - 1st in Class C, Tigers - 3rd in Class D.

In all, nine teams from the section are ranked in the state, with four more receiving honorable mentions:

Class AA: Elmira (24), Corning (HM)

Class B: Maine-Endwell (1), Susquehanna Valley (19)

Class C: Chenango Forks (1), Lansing (17), Newark Valley (HM), Watkings Glen (HM), Waverly (HM)

Class D: Tioga (3), Walton (4), Unatego (7), Deposit/Hancock (17)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Sunday Recap of High School Football: Week 7

On Sunday, we recap the 42-0 victory Maine-Endwell had over Johnson City Saturday afternoon and 24-21 win Harpursville had over Oxford from Saturday afternoon.


4th & Goal Week Seven: Play and Hit of the Week

Here is the best play and the biggest hit from Week Seven of the High School Football Season in Section IV on our Show 4th and Goal


4th & Goal Game of the Week: Week 7 - Susquehanna Valley @ Norwich

On Friday, Norwich hosted Susquehanna Valley for a Division III match up and The Purple Tornado were down 17-3 at the half but Michale Oralls has a big second half as the Purple Tornado move to 2-0 in the division with 20-17 win in Overtime.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Section IV Saturday: Week 7

Scores and Highlights from Section IV Football on Saturday's Week 7:

Maine-Endwell 42 - Johnson City 0

Watkins Glen 34 - Moravia 14

Owego 46 - Chenango Valley 28

Delhi 14 - Deposit/Hancock 36

Oxford 21 - Harpursville/Afton 24

Candor 14 - Seton 55

Whitney Point 6 - Chenango Forks 48

Bainbridge-Guilford 16 - Walton 46

Friday, October 17, 2014


Friday Night Frenzy: Week 7 Highlights and Scores

Scores and Highlights from Section IV Football on Week Seven Friday (home team listed 2nd):

Horseheads 34 - East Syracuse-Minoa 54 Final

Groton 6 - Tioga 70 Final

Vestal 48 - Ithaca 0 Final

Greene 16 - Sidney 6 Final

Waverly 7 - Lansing 20 Final

Oneonta 0 - Windsor 26 Final

Elmira 47 - Binghamton 27 Final

Newfield 6 - Elmira Notre Dame 26 Final

Union-Endicott 7 - Corning 21 Final

Thomas A. Edison 21 - Dryden 54 Final

Susquehanna Valley 17 - Norwich 20 Final/OT

Unadilla Valley 14 - Unatego/Franklin 51 Final

Newark Valley 48 - Spencer-Van Etten 6 Final


M-E, JC ready for rivalry weekend

While Union-Endicott/Vestal and Chenango Forks/Chenango Valley get the most attention when it comes to area rivalries, Maine-Endwell/Johnson City should not be as overlooked.  The SparCat rivalry takes center stage Saturday afternoon in a divisional matchup between the two neighboring districts.

M-E is coming off a strong 20-7 win in week 6 over previously undefeated and still top ranked Forks, while JC toppled Windsor in a 32-0 shutout.  With plenty of momentum on both sides, both coaches are excited for this one and are coming prepared.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Sunday Recap of High School Football: Week 6

Here is a recap from some of the games from week 6 on your Sunday Night.


4th & Goal Week Six: Play of the Week and Hit of the Week

Here is the best play and the biggest hit from Week Six of the High School Football Season in Section IV on our show 4th and Goal. 


4th & Goal Game of the Week: Week 6 - Waverly @ Greene

On Friday, after a week off the Waverly Wolverines looked to get a win over the Greene Trojans. Waverly came into the match-up ranked 20th in the state and they went on to win 27-21. Here are the highlights.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Highlights and Scores From Week 6: Saturday Night

Scores and Highlights from Section IV Football on Week Six Saturday (home team listed 2nd):

Oneonta 14 - Susquehanna Valley 48 Final

Candor 6 - Watkins Glen 34 Final

Horseheads 40 - Elmira 59 Final

Lansing 39 - Thomas A. Edison 0 Final

Unadilla Valley 36 - Delhi 12 Final

Windsor 0 - Johnson City 32 Final

Sidney 14 - Whitney Point 27 Final

Friday, October 10, 2014


Friday Night Frenzy: Week 6 Highlights and Scores

Scores and Highlights from Section IV Football on Week Six Friday (home team listed 2nd):

Chenango Forks 7 - Maine-Endwell 20 Final

Walton 46 - Unatego/Franklin 28 Final

Newark Valley 31 - Owego 19 Final

Corning 61 - Binghamton 42 Final

Waverly 27 - Greene 21 Final

Groton 30 - Elmira Notre Dame 22 Final

Harpursville 30 - Tioga 52 Final

Norwich 42 - Chenango Valley 20 Final

Union-Endicott 48 - Ithaca 0 Final

Seton Catholic Central 34 - Oxford 13 Final

Moravia 48 - Spencer-Van Etten 6 Final

Corcoran 14 - Vestal 0 Final

Deposit/Hancock 30 - Bainbridge-Guilford 8  Final

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Spartans, Blue Devils understand importance of head-to-head

Here's why Friday's match-up between Maine-Endwell and Chenango Forks is exciting.  Both teams are defending state champions.  Both teams are undefeated.  Both teams have been the cream of the crop for Section IV Football for the last decade.  Both teams have two of the most passionate fan bases in the area.  The Maine-Endwell Spartans own the longest active win streak in the state at 43, nine wins away from the state record 14 from the state unbeaten streak; in Week One of this year they broke the Section IV win streak record of 38 previously held by the Chenango Forks Blue Devils team of the mid-2000's.  Convinced?  I hope so.

That being said, as we've reported this week, on the field the teams are committed to executing the gameplan and aren't buying into the hype.  While it may be easy(ish) to tune out the crowd and the noise come Friday night, there's no way that a high school athlete can ignore the talk in the school cafeteria or the hallways, let alone the posts on Facebook and Twitter.  So, sure, it's all X's and O's come game time, but with a game this big, this exciting, even the guys on the field can take a step back and look at this bout through the eyes of the fans.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


"One Game at a Time"

Sometimes, trying to pull emotion from athletes and coaches is the toughest task a reporter can have.  While viewers criticize broadcasters for using cliches, athletes and coaches are just as susceptible to speaking in the same cliches.  So, when an athlete or coach says that they're taking things "one game at a time" there's usually a low groan immediately following.  However, in anticipation of this week's marquee matchup between Chenango Forks and Maine-Endwell, both teams are ignoring the hype and treating it as just another game.  It may sound hard to do, but as evidence by their track record, it seems to work.

Both teams are undefeated this year, both teams won state titles last year, and both teams continually focus on the task at hand and executing their gameplan rather than what their opponent is threatening to do.  While the Blue Devils put an undefeated season on the line, there's arguably more at stake for the Maine-Endwell Spartans.

M-E owns the longest active win streak in New York and sits nine wins away from the all-time record, and 13 wins from the longest unbeaten streak.  There have been a few tough tests along the way, in regular season and postseason, but Friday's matchup may be the toughest yet, and the most vulnerable that 3.5 year win streak has looked.  But, as they have every week, the Spartans ignore the streak and stick to business.

Kickoff scheduled for Friday night at Spartans Stadium, 7:00.


Spartans, Blue Devils remain atop NYS Rankings... for now?

The Week Five NYSPHSAA Football Rankings continue to be a sense of pride for Section IV.  The Maine-Endwell Spartans remain the top ranked team in Class B, while everyone in Class C continues to chase the Chenango Forks Blue Devils.  In total, eight teams in Section IV are ranked statewide, with eight receiving honorable mentions.

Class AA:  Elmira (25), Corning (HM)

Class A: Vestal (HM)

Class B: Maine-Endwell (1), Susquehanna Valley (15)

Class C: Chenango Forks (1), Waverly (20), Lansing (HM), Newark Valley (HM), Watkins Glen (HM)

Class D: Tioga (3), Walton (6), Unatego (8), Deposit/Hancock (HM), Oxford (HM), Spencer-Van Etten (HM)


Gallagher, Hogan keep focus on game, away from hype

Not since the U-E/M-E matchup in Week 8 of the 2012 season when the Tigers and Spartans were both 7-0 has their been a regular season matchup as anticipated as Week 6's Chenango Forks/Maine-Endwell tilt.  This game has been circled on every calendar in the sports offices of every news outlet in the area since the schedule was released.

The Spartans have been selling pre-sale tickets all week and are expecting it to be the hottest ticket in town.  But while the fans and the media, myself included, are talking a big game, on the field the teams are treating it as just another game.  That focus on the game and not on the hype is due in part to the pep talks by Forks head coach Dave Hogan and M-E head coach Matt Gallagher.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


4th & Goal Week 5 Rankings

For those of you keen eye observers who caught this week's episode of 4th & Goal, you may have realized a typo in our Week 5 Rankings.  Have no fear, Waverly is not actually ranked twice.  Below is the proper rankings for this week.  As always, if you agree or disagree, please comment and give us your suggestions for every week either on our blog, Twitter, or Facebook!  See you in Week 6!

1.  Maine Endwell  (Last Week - 1)
2.  Chenango Forks  (2)
3.  Tioga  (3)
4.  Susquehanna Valley (5)
5.  Walton  (8)
6.  Newark Valley  (4)
7.  Elmira (NR)
8.  Waverly  (9)
9.  Binghamton  (7)
10. Vestal (6)

Monday, October 6, 2014


Sunday Recap of High School Football: Week 5

Here is a recap from some of the games from week 5 on your Sunday Night.


4th & Goal Game of the Week: Week 5 - Whitney Point @ Windsor

Our Game of the Week is from Windsor as the Black Knights beat the Eagles 20-10 in Week 5.


4th & Goal Week Five: Play of the Week and Hit of the Week

Here is the best play and the biggest hit from Week Five of the High School Football Season in Section IV on our show 4th and Goal. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Highlights and Scores From Week 5: Saturday Night

Scores from around Section IV on Week Five, Saturday Night (home team listed 2nd):

Dryden 19 - Oneonta 26 Final

Newfield 54 - Moravia 6 Final

Ithaca 13 - Horseheads 41 Final

Deposit/Hancock 0 - Walton 36 Final

Candor 14 - Harpursville/Afton 22 Final

Owego 20 - Susquehanna Valley 43 Final

Newark Valley 7 - Chenango Forks 33 Final

Johnson City 41 - Binghamton 20 Final

Thomas A. Edison 13 - Watkins Glen 52 Final

Vestal 12 - Union-Endicott 18 Final

Friday, October 3, 2014


Friday Night Frenzy: Week 5 Highlights and Scores

Scores and Highlights from Section IV Football on Week Five Friday (home team listed 2nd):

Tioga 44 - Oxford 14 Final

Bainbridge-Guilford 24 - Unadilla Valley 22 Final

Seton Catholic Central 60 - Sidney 26 Final

Windsor 20 - Whitney Point 10 Final

Maine-Endwell 40 - Chenango Valley 7 Final

Elmira 30 - Corning 0 Final

Norwich 49 - Chittenango 20 Final

Delhi 30 - Unatego/Franklin 50 Final

Greene 7 - Lansing 6 Final

Groton at Odessa-Montour (Forfeit)

Spencer-Van Etten 18 - Elmira Notre Dame 26 Final


Odessa-Montour cancels remainder of season

The Odessa-Montour Indians have canceled the remainder of their season due to low numbers.  Teams are required to carry at least 16 players on the roster to be eligible to play.  Section IV Chairman Dave Garbarino confirmed O-M's season cancellation on Friday.  The Indians were scheduled to host Groton on Friday night, but were forced to forfeit for the second time and electing to bring the season to a halt, officially finishing with an 0-6 record.

Odessa-Montour is the second school to cancel the season this year, joining Trumansburg which canceled it's season prior to Week One, also due to low numbers.  The same issue brought an end to Edison's season two seasons ago.  This once again brings to the forefront, a way to solve the problems of smaller schools roster size becoming an issue.

Several teams have merged programs, for example this year Harpusville/Afton and Unatego/Franklin.  But across the country, there are states that play 7-on-7 or 8-on-8 football in the smaller classes.  Why not New York?  When you look at a teams like U-E, Binghamton, Vestal, etc, there's no reason to not play 11-on-11 as the roster runs 40-50 deep.  But, as evidence by O-M and T'burg, small schools are lucky to crack 20.  Even Chenango Valley, a Class B school has a roster with less than 25 kids.

At some point the issue may be raised at the state level to move to 7-on-7 or 8-on-8 for Class D, especially.  Not only could this make the game faster paced and more interesting, as many Class D teams run the ball exclusively gaining two yards at a time across an 8 minute drive, but it will also allow teams to actually play games and cut down on the number of forfeits.  Student-Athletes should not be penalized for the school's inability to field a team.  It's not always the school's fault either, though.  Schools pride themselves in providing an option of sports for kids to play and in the fall the student population has the choice of football, soccer, cross country, golf, tennis (for girls - boys in the spring).  So it's no wonder that with several options, roster sizes in small schools are, well, small.  As more and more teams are faced with this issue, it will no longer be an anomaly, but more likely the norm, leading school administrations to pressure the state to make changes, which this broadcaster hopes are on the way shortly.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Spartans rely on depth in wake of injuries

The Maine-Endwell Spartans have won 42 games in a row including several close calls, most recently beating Cazenovia in Regionals and Schalmont in the State Finals both by one point last season.  While the Spartans have not talked about the streak and letting the pressure get to them, the toughest task is always the next game ahead.  Friday night, M-E hosts Chenango Valley but will do battle without Trent Story (out for the year) and Drew Gallagher (likely out for a few weeks).  But if there's one thing the Spartans have, it's depth.  After losing Story and Gallagher early in their Week 4 game against Owego, they went on to beat the Indians 36-0.

That depth will be tested Friday night against Chenango Valley, but the Spartans will once again have to come together to get the job done.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Spartans, Blue Devils lead Section IV in state rankings

Halfway through the season, Section IV continues to maintain a presence in the state rankings.  Maine-Endwell and Chenango Forks once again top their respective classes.  In all, including the Spartans and Blue Devils, ten teams in the section are ranked, and eight more received honorable mentions.

Class AA:  Binghamton (HM), Corning (HM), Elmira (HM)

Class A: Vestal (23)

Class B: Maine-Endwell (1), Susquehanna Valley (17)

Class C: Chenango Forks (1), Waverly (20), Lansing (HM), Newark Valley (HM), Watkins Glen (HM)

Class D: Tioga (3), Walton (8), Unatego (11), Moravia (13), Deposit/Hancock (15), Oxford (HM), Spencer-Van Etten (HM)

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