Unatego junior linebacker Ethan Barber had a big series midway through the third quarter Friday night.
It started with a 7-yard sack of Deposit/Hancock quarterback Matt Mills. Then, after Marszal broke up a deep pass, D/H tried a middle screen to Marcus Shaver. For a brief instant it seemed open. But Barber shed a blocker before unloading on Shaver on a play that went for no gain.
OK, there are 18 teams playing Class D football in Section Four.
Eight will make the playoffs that start in Week 8.
The teams that are locks to make it are Tioga (6-0), Unatego (5-1), Harpursville (5-1) and Elmira Notre Dame (5-1). The teams no longer in contention are Bainbridge-Guilford, Unadilla Valley, Oxford, Candor, Seton Catholic Central and Odessa-Montour.
That leaves Walton (4-2), Sidney (4-2), Deposit/Hancock (4-2), Groton (4-2), Spencer-Van Etten (4-2), Moravia (3-3), Watkins Glen (3-3) and Delhi (2-4) vying for four spots this weekend.
“Most of the games are Friday, so we should have a good idea after Friday,” said Walton coach Jim Hoover, whose team will travel to B-G on Friday. “I just hope we find out, if we do get in, who we’re playing by Saturday. Last season, we didn’t find out until Tuesday afternoon.”
All on the line
Those who enjoy watching interior line play would be wise to head to Tioga on Friday night and then to Delhi on Saturday afternoon.
Tioga will host Sidney at 7 p.m. Friday and Deposit/Hancock will head to Delhi on Saturday.
The Tigers have won the past two Section Four Class D titles and they’re big. Many of the same players that helped Tioga to a 19-18 win over Walton in the sectional final two years ago, and led the Tigers to a 26-21 squeeze past Unatego in a sectional semifinal last season are back.