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ON TAP TODAY: WAVERLY, ATHENS IN ACTION AS POSTSEASON FOOTBALL KICKS OFF (2021-11-05)

Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — The postseason begins tonight with Waverly hosting Norwich, and Athens on the road at Montoursville.

(NOTE: Check back later this morning for previews on both the Waverly and Athens games.)

FOOTBALL
Section IV Playoffs
Class C Semifinals
Norwich (5-4) at Waverly (9-0), 7 p.m.:
The Wolverines are coming off a 21-14 win at Susquehanna Valley, while the Purple Tornado was thumped, 28-6, by Watkins Glen  / O-M.

Waverly, who won the Division V title, has outscored its opponents by an average of 32.3 to 9.2 points per game this season, and have the second-highest point differential (plus-208) in Section IV. Norwich, which finished second in Division IV after forfeiting to Chenango Forks when both teams were 2-0, have outscored their foes by an average of 21.8 to 11.8.

Common opponents:
Waverly topped SV, 21-14, while Norwich edged the Sabers, 14-12 … Waverly beat Chenango Valley, 17-7, while the Warriors beat Norwich, 20-6 … Waverly rolled over Oneonta, 43-15, while Norwich blanked the Yellowjackets, 12-0 … and Waverly beat WG-O/M, 25-19, while the Seneca Indians topped Norwich, 28-6.

Last meeting:
Norwich won at Waverly in Week 7 of the 2019 season, 40-20.

District 4 Playoffs
Class AAA Quarterfinals
6-Athens (6-4) at 3-Montoursville (5-5), 7 p.m.:
The Wildcats are coming off a 7-6 win over Sayre Friday night in a “mud bowl” at the Lockhart Street Bowl, while the Warriors dropped a 21-10 decision to Selinsgrove.

Athens has outscored its opponents this season by an average of 24.9 to 13.4 points per game, while Montoursville has outscored its foes by an average of 26.4 to 18.8 points per game.

Common opponents: Montoursville thumped Wellsboro, 42-21, in Week 1, while the Hornets rolled to a 49-14 win over Athens.

Last meeting: Montoursville rolled to a 50-8 win over Athens in the District 4 quarterfinals in 2018.

GIRLS DIVING
Section IV Championships at M-E, 10 a.m.: 
Waverly junior Josie VanDyke is the ninth seed in the 1-meter diving competition, while junior Abby Knolles is the 13th seed.


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