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October 7, 2013

Yellowjackets run past Ithaca for first victory, 33-28

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Walton will host Unadilla Valley (0-5) on Saturday before traveling to Bainbridge-Guilford (1-4) in Week 7. The Warriors will need to win both games to have a shot at qualifying for the playoffs.

Sidney 38, Seton 22

The Warriors’ Division VI victory Friday night at home came at a huge price as Sidney lost standout senior Billy Kozak for the season with a broken left wrist.

Before the injury in the third quarter, Kozak had rushed for a game-high 160 yards and scored three touchdowns. Sidney coach Jeff Matthews said Kozak suffered the injury while making a tackle.

“It’s huge,” Matthews said of losing Kozak, who rushed for 249 yards and scored five touchdowns in Sidney’s season-opening, 42-40 win over Chenango Valley. Kozak also had four more touchdowns and caught eight passes for 208 yards in Sidney’s 28-26 loss to Harpursville in Week 4. “He’s a home run waiting to happen every time he touches the ball. We’ll have to find other ways to get that and it won’t be from any one person.”

Matthews said Kozak, a three-sport standout, should make it back for the basketball season. He’s also an excellent baseball player for the Warriors.

“He’s a class act,” Matthews said.

Sidney quarterback Patrick Vibbard contributed 85 rushing yards and two touchdowns. They came on a 22- and 52-yard bursts in the first quarter as Sidney took a 13-0 lead.

Kozak’s touchdowns came on runs of 47, 54 and 31 yards, the last giving Sidney a 38-14 lead in the fourth quarter. Kozak finished the season with 13 touchdowns.

“We had trouble with our power,” Matthews said. “We started doing basically a zone read and that opened up some running lanes. Patrick made a couple of really nice reads and got free, and that set the tone to get Billy free later.”

Sidney (3-2, 2-1) also received safeties from Robbie Bidwell and Sam Bryden.

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