Telian later caught a two-point pass from Gioffe that narrowed Delhi’s deficit to 30-22.
It’s a little early to start scoreboard watching, but Walton and Harpursville gave their playoff chances a big boost last weekend while Delhi and Sidney find themselves in precarious positions.
“We have three games left in the division, so we have to put something together to get in,” Sidney coach Jeff Matthews said after the loss to Harpursville. “This one definitely puts us in tougher shape, behind the the 8-ball a little bit.”
Eight out of 18 teams playing Class D football in Section Four will make the playoffs. The top two teams in each of the three Class D divisions will qualify, along with two others.
Tioga and Harpursville appear to be locks in Division VI. Both are 4-0 overall and 2-0 in division.
Sidney (2-2, 1-1) is tied for third in Division VI, with an Oxford team it has already defeated. The Warriors host Seton Catholic Central (1-3, 0-2) on Friday before traveling to Candor (1-3, 0-2) and Tioga to finish the regular season.
Walton (3-1, 1-1) and Delhi (1-3, 1-1) play in Division V, which could become very murky following Friday’s games; Walton travels to Deposit/Hancock (3-1, 2-0) and Delhi visits Unatego (3-1, 2-0).
If Walton beats D/H and Delhi defeats Unatego, the top four teams in Division V all will have 2-1 records.
“With the point system, you don’t know who is going to be in first,” Hoover said Saturday. “We won our first two non-league games, but it’ll be close. We have to worry about Deposit/Hancock. They’re a good football team.”
Of facing Unatego this week, Kelly said: “They have more speed than Walton. Walton is faster than us, but Unatego is even faster. We’ll have to be on our best behavior (in the secondary).”
Also this weekend
Oneonta High (0-4) will host a winless Ithaca squad for its homecoming game at 3 p.m. Saturday; Unadilla Valley (0-4) will travel to Bainbridge-Guilford (0-4) on Friday; and Cooperstown (0-4) will visit Waterville on Friday.
Rob Centorani covers high school football for The Daily Star. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.