BINGHAMTON — When the result is a four-point loss with a spot in the sectional final riding on the outcome, there are so many what-ifs.
What if Sidney had scored when it had first goal from the inside the 2-yard line in the second quarter? What if the Warriors’ Patrick Vibbard and Billy Kozak had hooked up on what seemed like a sure touchdown in the third quarter? What if Sidney’s defense had held on a third-and-12 late in the third quarter?
But none of it happened.
The Warriors’ 6-3 season ended with a 17-13 loss to unbeaten Waverly in a Section Four Class C semifinal final on a comfortable Saturday night at Binghamton Alumni Stadium. It marked the second straight year the Wolverines ended Sidney’s season, the former a 20-0 thumping in 2011 sectional semifinal en route to winning the Section Four Class C title.
“We had our heads up and we played hard the whole game,” said Sidney senior Nate McDonald, who rushed for 71 yards and had two receptions for 20 more. “I thought we had a chance. We didn’t give up.”
Though the winning points came in the third quarter _ a 54-yard sprint around the left end by Dylan Guttierez that capped the scoring _ the game’s biggest sequence occurred in the second quarter with Sidney holding a 7-3 lead.
The Warriors kept the ball for 15 plays on a drive that bridged the first and second quarters. It started on the Warriors’ 39, with fullback Brandon Walters gaining 4 yards on the first play.
Sidney made it to Waverly’s 13 without picking up more than 6 yards on any play. It was as basic as the Warriors get _ football’s equivalent of the three-card Monte. Is it the powerful Walters going straight ahead, McDonald heading right or Kozak going left?