Needing a victory to qualify for the Section Four Class C playoffs, visiting Sidney built a 21-point halftime lead and then hung on for a 28-14 win at Newark Valley in a Section Four Football Conference Division V game Saturday.
Sidney (6-2, 3-1) will play Division VI winner Waverly in a Class C semifinal Friday or Saturday at Binghamton Alumni Stadium. Division V champion Chenango Forks (8-0, 4-0) will oppose Lansing (6-2) in the other semifinal.
Waverly beat Sidney, 20-0, in a 2011 Section Four Class C semifinal. The Wolverines (8-0) went on to beat Greene, 39-0, in the sectional final and Section Three champion Herkimer, 26-13, in a state quarterfinal. They fell, 19-13, to Southwestern in a state semifinal.
“Waverly is a very physical team,” Sidney coach Jeff Matthews said. “I’m talking Chenango Forks physical. Waverly is in that same mode. They work hard in the offseason and they’ll be ready for this game.”
On Saturday, Sidney junior quarterback Patrick Vibbard threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mike Ward, and Nate McDonald scored on a 4-yard run as the Warriors took a 14-0 lead after one quarter.
McDonald scored from 3 yards in the second quarter and Billy Kozak’s extra point gave the Warriors a 21-0 lead at halftime.
“Well, it was interesting,” Matthews said. “In the first half, we did a real good job of moving the ball and defense played well. They made adjustments and in the second half, they started running the ball effectively.”
The Cardinals (5-3, 1-3 Division V) pulled to 21-7 when quarterback Mason Shutts scored on a 5-yard run midway through the third quarter.
After a three-and-out by Sidney, Newark Valley had another drive. This one didn’t result in points, but again the Cardinals forced a three-and-out.
On their next possession, Shutts hit Dakota Bennett on a 29-yard scoring pass on fourth-and-18.
“That was a big one,” Matthews said. “Our coverage got a little bit mixed up.”
It took four plays for Sidney to answer. Three runs to McDonald brought the ball to Newark Valley’s 43. On the next play, McDonald took a handoff to Vibbard before handing off to Billy Kozak going in the other directions. Kozak zipped down the sideline on a 43-yard scoring play. Kozak then hit the extra point to cap the scoring.
“They were taking advantage of our line by going low with their front three and trying to take out the ankles of our offensive linemen,” Matthews said. “I credit our line. They made the adjustments we needed to make. They needed to get low and then move them off the ball.”
The Warriors needed to win Saturday because Greene beat Norwich, 12-7, on Friday. Had Greene (6-2, 2-2 Division V), Sidney and Newark Valley finished with 2-2 records in Division V, the Trojans would have won the tiebreaker.
Matthews said his team has some bumps and bruises, but unlike like season Sidney will have Nate McDonald against Waverly. McDonald broke his right fibula (the smaller of the two bones in the lower leg) the week before last season’s playoff game.
McDonald rushed for 150 yards against Newark Valley and has 798 yards this season.
“It’s hard to tell what kids are going to think,” Matthews said. “I think they’ll accept the challenge. We like to try to go and be as physical as any team we go against.”
Foreign exchange student Noah Sims threw for a school record 315 yards, including four touchdowns passes, but the visiting Redskins lost their season finale.
Sims of Tatura, Australia finished 10-for-22 and broke the previous Cooperstown record of 273 passing yards set by Mike McCrea in 1987.
After falling behind, 31-7, in the opening half, the Redskins (1-7) scored 18 straight points — a streak that started with Lucas Lyons’ 36-yard scoring run.
Twice, he hooked up with Sawyer Haney on scoring passes — the first going for 83 yards and the second covering 63 yards. The latter made the score, 37-25.
But Clinton responded when Kolby Nowakowski caught a 20-yard scoring pass from Sam Olsen to give the hosts a 43-25 lead.
Cooperstown capped the scoring a Sims-to-Lyons 49-yard scoring pass.
Sims also connected with Max Bonderoff on a 40-yard touchdown pass in the first half.
“While I wanted the win for our seniors’ last high football game, I am still happy with the effort our team put forth,” first-year Cooperstown coach Mark Segina wrote in an email. “Our offense was working, we just ran out of time.”
Lyons finished with 83 rushing yards and 49 receiving.
Groton 30, B-G 23
Touchdown runs of 9 and 35 yards by Joey Scaglione and Zeke Wright, respectively, in the fourth quarter rallied host Groton to victory in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal Friday.
Wright finished with 229 yards and two touchdowns for Groton, which will play Harpursville in a Class D semifinal this weekend at Union-Endicott’s Ty Cobb Stadium. Unatego (6-2) will play defending Section Four Class D champion Tioga (7-1) in other Class D semifinal this weekend at Ty Cobb Stadium.
Jake Mazzarella led Bainbridge-Guilford with 174 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Mazzarella opened the scoring with a 32-yard run in the first quarter. The Bobcats (5-3) went ahead, 9-0, on a 20-yard field goal by Lucas Butcher.
When Mazzarella scored on a 55-yard run and Palmer hit the extra point, B-G had a 16-8 lead in the third quarter.
But Wright answered with a 75-yard run and followed with a two-point run to tie the score at 16.
B-G went ahead for the last time on a 20-yard Corbin Palmer-to-Tyler Ouimet scoring pass in the third quarter. Butcher’s PAT made it 23-16.
The Bobcats will compete its season this weekend against an undetermined opponent.
Tioga 33, Walton 8
Tyler Spires accumlated 194 of Tioga’s 392 as the defending sectional champs advanced to the Section Four Class D semifinals at home Friday.
The loss means Walton (3-5) will finish with losing record for the first time since it went 4-5 in 1980, coach Jim Hoover’s fourth season with the Warriors.
Hoover has won a Section Four-record 292 games with the Warriors over 37 seasons. His teams have had losing seasons three times over the span, the other a 3-6 mark in 1977.
Walton, which lost, 19-18, to Tioga in last season’s sectional final, pulled to 14-8 in the second quarter when sophomore quarterback Trevor Zandt hit Brandon Scofield on a 3-yard scoring pass. The Warriors then converted the two-point run.
The Tigers answered with touchdown runs of 31 yards by Spires and 13 yards by Brad Jump in the third quarter to take a 26-8 lead. Manuel capped the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 3-yard run.
Senior Mike Beers led Walton with 50 rushing yards on 18 carries.
Tioga will play Unatego in a sectional semifinal this weekend at Ty Cobb Stadium.
The Warriors will compete their season with a non-league game this weekend.
Delhi 36, UV 12
Brian Ingram rushed for 231 yards and four touchdowns as Delhi evened its record at 4-4 with a non-league victory Friday.
Ryan Telian contributed 128 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs.
Ingram and Telian scored on runs of 22 and 5 yards, respectively, in the first quarter as Delhi took a 14-0 lead. Ingram’s 4-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter made it 20-0.
Ingram scored from 46 and 6 yards in the second half.
Kurt Haycook passed 135 yards and two touchdowns for Unadilla Valley (3-5). Haycook’s second scoring pass covered 65 yards to Kody Homann in the fourth quarter and completed the scoring.
Homann had six catches for 110 yards.
Both teams will play non-league games this weekend.
Cooperstown 0, SV 0
Jordian Siver, Julie Dysktra and Lexi Bloomfield scored in a penalty-kick shootout the Redskins won, 3-1, to win the Sauquoit Valley Tournament on Saturday.
Bloomfield’s successful pk provided the winning point.
The game counts as a tie in the standings.
Cooperstown goalie Katie Kleban earned tournament MVP honors. She stopped 16 shots, including a penalty kick during regulation.
“She really kept us in the game,” Cooperstown coach Jennifer Pindar said of Kleban.
Dysktra, Alannah Haggerty, Noelle Palmatier and Maggie Hall were named to the all-tournament team for Cooperstown (8-7-1), which earned the No. 9 seed for the Section Three Class C-2 tournament.
The Redskins will travel to eighth-seeded Waterville at 6 p.m. Tuesday for a first-round game. The teams split two games this season, with Waterville winning, 1-0, in the first game and Cooperstown prevailing, 3-2, in the second.
The winner will play top-seeded at Bishop Grimes at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Cooperstown eighth-grader Samantha Fanion finished second in Saturday’s Center State Conference Championships at Oriskany’s 3.1-mile course.
Fanion finished in 21 minutes, 54 seconds — 40 seconds behind winner Darien Rhone of Adirondack.
Cooperstown coach Jessie Ravage said Fanion was running fifth after completing a steep incline for the second time about midway through the race. But she rallied to pass three runners over the final mile, including Adirondack’s Meghann Tanner in the final 300 yards.
The Redskins finished sixth out of 14 teams with 115 points. Sauquoit Valley won with 73 — eight better than Adirondack.
Cooperstown had three CSC all-stars — Fanion, Kate O’Handley and Jaime Zoltick. O’Handley finished 27th in 24:16 — two seconds in front of Zoltick, who finished 27th.
Cooperstown’s boys placed fifth out of 15 teams. They had 168 points. Adirondack won with 60 — nine ahead of runner-up SV.
Jacob Lansing’s 16th-place finish paced the Redskins. He crossed in 19:16. Teammate Jake Burnham was 24th in 19:34. Both earned CSC all-star honors.
Cooperstown will run in sectionals Nov. 3 at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.
Katie Aikens and Declan Kottmeier finished 15th and 20th in their respective races to lead Delhi in the Marathon Invitational.
Aikens completed the 3.1-mile course in 22 minutes, 12 seconds in helping the Bulldogs girls to a seventh-place finish. Teammate Bethany Davis was the second Delhi runner to cross. She finished 37th in 23:57.
Kottmeier crossed in 18:40 as Delhi’s boys finished 15th. Alex Padovani finished 67th for Delhi in 20:16.
Delhi will compete in the Midstate Athletic Conference Championships on Friday at the Afton Golf Course.