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Valley Sports ReportTHE VALLEY — Football Friday’s premier match-up in Week 8 is set for Memorial Stadium, with Waverly hosting Tioga County rival Tioga in a non-divisional match-up.
The Tigers lead the all-time series 8-4, but have not beaten the Wolverines since 2005. Waverly has won four in a row in the rivalry.
Tioga volleyball is also in action in a must-win match. The Lady Tigers travel to division-leading Candor needing a win to stay in the Small School title hunt.
Tioga (4-2) at Waverly (5-1), 7 p.m. @ Memorial Stadium: The Wolverines are coming off a 30-14 division-clinching win over Dryden, while the Tigers rolled to an impressive 42-0 rout of O-M / Watkins Glen.
Waverly enters the contest on a five-game win streak, while Tioga has won three straight by a combined score of 144-14.
Tioga has outscored it opponents by an average of 32 to 12.7 this season, while Waverly has outscored its foes 36.3 to 16.2.
The Tigers are averaging 370.6 yards per game in total offense, including 320.8 yards per game on the ground. The Wolverines are averaging 318 yards, including 248.7 yards on the ground.
The two QBs bring similar numbers into Friday’s game.
Waverly senior Colby Sindoni has completed 51 percent (25 of 49) of his passes for 411 yards and nine TDs, while being intercepted four times. Tioga junior Brady Worthing has completed 52.6 percent (20 of 38) for 299 yards and three TDs, while being picked off twice.
Freshman Emmett Wood leads Tioga’s ground game with 675 yards and eight TDs on 78 carries, while Brady Worthing has run for 389 yards and three TDs on 54 carries and senior John Worthing has 383 rushing yards and six TDs on 70 carries.
Junior Thomas Price leads a balanced Waverly ground game with 418 yards and six TDs on 64 carries, and sophomore David Hallett has 384 yards and three TDs on 47 carries. Senior Montana Davis and Sindoni also have more than 200 yards rushing.
Senior Dylan Ward is Waverly top receiver with eight receptions for 183 yards and three TDs, while John Worthing leads Tioga with 13 catches for 170 yards and two TDs.
Common opponents: Waverly edged O-M / Watkins 21-20, while Tioga rolled to a 42-0 win over the Seneca Indians.
Last meeting: Waverly topped Tioga 48-24 in Week 10 of the 2016 season.
The Wolverines have won four straight over the Tigers. In 2012, Waverly edged Tioga 14-8 thanks to a goal-line stand. In 2009, Waverly won 29-28, and in 2007, the Wolverines beat the Tigers for the first time ever, 57-32.
Tioga won the first eight meetings between the two programs. Tioga won the first two meetings of the neighboring school districts by identical scores of 38-0 in 1991 and ’93. In 1998, the Tigers won 48-28, and followed that up with a 22-6 win in 1999, a game Waverly entered with a 7-0 record.
In 2001, Jason Miller, in his first go-round with the Wolverines, dropped his first game against the Tigers 28-20.
In 2002, Tioga rolled to a 52-0 over a Miller-less Wolverine program. Miller would return in 2004, and his Wolverines would drop a 22-20 decision in Week 1 for the program’s 21st consecutive loss.
In 2005, Tioga beat Waverly, 22-21, for their eighth consecutive win in the rivalry game.
Athens (3-4) at Midd-West (3-3), 7 p.m.: The Wildcats are coming off an 20-18 loss to Towanda, while the Mustangs dropped a 9-8 decision to Nativity BVM.
This is the first year of the Midd-West football program, but the majority of Mustang players were in uniform last year for East Juniata, which scrapped its program after the 2017 season.
Athens has been outscored this season by an average of 23.7 to 20.4, while Midd-West has been outscored 24.7 to 19.7 points per game.
Common opponents: None.
Last meeting: None.
Tioga (12-1) at Candor (12-0), 5 p.m. JV start: The Lady Tigers are coming off a 3-1 win at Watkins Glen Wednesday night, while the Lady Indians swept Thomas A. Edison.
The Lady Indians can clinch a share of the IAC South Small School title with a win.
Candor won a five-set thriller in their first meeting this season, snapping Tioga’s 87-match regular-season win streak.
Waverly, Athens at Bob Greene Invitational, 3;45 p.m.:
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