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November 12, 2013

Class D final will make for whale of story someday|

BINGHAMTON – Imagine trying to re-tell the happenings of Saturday’s Section Four Class D football final in about 15 years.

You’re sitting around with buddies and start talking about a Unatego sophomore quarterback who threw for a state-record 579 yards and seven touchdowns, teams that combined for 1,247 yards from scrimmage, a Tioga squad that rushed for 625 yards and had 59 points by halftime, and a final score that read: 80-53.

If your friends are anything like mine, it wouldn’t take long before some wise-acre chimed in and said: “The fish was 37 feet long and jumped over the boat. I bare-handed it in mid-air, wrestled the orca for about 15 minutes in the boat and then ate it for dinner later that night.”

But this was no fish tale.

Tioga’s 27-point victory over Unatego on Saturday at Binghamton Alumni Stadium is likely to become a I’ll-never-forget-it moment for those who played, coached and attended it.

It’s my belief the Tigers (10-0) will go on to win the Class D state title in a few weeks. They might win it by a lot.

Offensively, it wasn’t as if it seemed like Tioga was playing with 13 or 14 guys. But the way the Tigers linemen got off the ball and created massive holes, sometimes it looked like Unatego was playing with eight on defense.

“They basically have the same team back they had last year and they do the same things, but they do them better,” Unatego coach Frank Microni said of the three-time defending sectional champions who advanced to the state semifinals last season. “And they’re committed. This is what Tioga does. This is their thing. They play football, they workout and they do what they need to do to get better. I think they’re much better than last year. It’s going to be tough for anybody to stop these guys.”

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