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.