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October 11, 2012

Unatego, Sidney provide super matchup

It’s basically The Daily Star’s Super Bowl.

Sidney and Unatego have established themselves as by far the best high school football teams in this area and they’ll go it at 7 p.m. Friday.

Granted, the outcome won’t mean much to either side, outside of seeding points Unatego could use for the upcoming Section Four Class D playoffs. Sidney’s motivation is strictly tied to beating a neighboring rival the week before a game at Newark Valley that it likely will need to win to qualify for the Class C playoffs.

“They’ve been playing football against Unatego since they were 8 years old,” Sidney coach Jeff Matthews said, “since they were in the Pee Wee program and in every summer league baseball program, so they know each other well. Both sides want to have bragging rights for the rest of the year.”

Story lines abound in this one from the teams’ polar-opposite looks on offense to Sidney’s beat up field to injuries to Jon Wingate.

Let’s go in order.

When Sidney is in its base double-wing offense, it’s about as bunched a look as you’ll see anywhere in Section Four. Its linemen’s splits are incredibly close.

“I’m concerned in all phases against them,” said Unatego coach Frank Microni, whose team has won five straight since a season-opening, 35-6 loss to Chenango Forks. “We have to play our keys well. They also spread it out and throw it well. They run similar formations to us. Their passing game is good and they run some wildcat and trap stuff.

“We may have a hard time with them up front,” he continued.

Then there’s Unatego’s four-wide receiver spread option look that forces defenses to play from sideline-to-sideline.

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