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September 11, 2013

Sidney keeps moving forward under Matthews


Five area teams play in Division V of the Section Four Football Conference -- Bainbridge-Guilford, Delhi, Unadilla Valley, Unatego and Walton. Deposit/Hancock also is in Division V.

Sidney, which dropped from Class C to Class D this season, is in Division VI with defending Section Four Class D champion Tioga, Harpursville, Candor, Seton Catholic Central and Oxford.

Groton, Moravia, Spencer-Van Etten, Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour and Elmira Notre Dame are in Division VII.

This weekend

Two of the biggest rivalries in these parts will start at 7 p.m. Friday, when Oneonta High visits Norwich and Unatego hosts Sidney.

First-year OHS coach John Mushtare said of Norwich: “It appears they want to hand it to their fullback a lot. They also run some option with their quarterback and two halfbacks.”

Norwich, which lost, 46-9, to Vestal in its opener, beat Oneonta, 48-22, last season.

“I would like to put some more points on the board,” said Mushtare, whose team lost its opener, 58-7, at Elmira on Saturday. “We need to shore up our defense a little, too.”

Sidney defeated Unatego, 28-13, last season, taking advantage of three Spartans turnovers.

“It’s a big game for us,” Kozak said after Friday’s victory. “It’s a rivalry game. We have to have it.”

Unatego opened its season with a 54-13 loss at Chenango Forks.

“We’re trying to find ways to get our athletes the ball and we have some good athletes,” Unatego coach Frank Microni said. “We’ll try to improve this week and get better going into division play.”

Also on Friday, Delhi (0-1) visits Greene (1-0) and Groton (1-0) travels to Bainbridge-Guilford (0-1).

Unadilla Valley (0-1) is at Whitney Point (0-1) and Walton (1-0) hosts Oxford (0-1) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Also Saturday, Cooperstown (0-1) is home against West Canada Valley at 2 p.m.

Rob Centorani covers high school football for The Daily Star. Email him at

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