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ON TAP TODAY: WAVERLY, TIOGA VIE FOR SECTION IV FOOTBALL TITLES (2021-11-12)

Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly and Tioga both vie for Section IV football titles tonight, with both taking on longtime nemeses.

Waverly travels to take on powerhouse Chenango Forks, while Tioga plays arch-rival Newark Valley at Binghamton High School’s Alumni Stadium in their first postseason meeting since 1980.

The games are also battles of state-ranked teams. Chenango Forks is ranked fourth in Class C, while Waverly is seventh; and Tioga is first in Class D, while Newark Valley is 13th.

CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Waverly (10-0) at Chenango Forks (7-1), 7 p.m.:
The Wolverines are coming off a 35-8 win over Norwich in the Class C semifinals, while the Blue Devils thumped Watkins Glen / O-M, 39-14, in the other semi-final game.

The Wolverines are seeking their first Section IV title since 2015, and also won titles in 2011 and 2008, while Chenango Forks has won eight Section IV titles in a row, and 17 in the last 19 years.

Chenango Forks has also won four state title in the last six seasons, and six since 2003.

Waverly has lost four in a row against Chenango Forks in the postseason since a 14-13 win in the Class B semifinals in 2008. The Blue Devils beat the Wolverines, 28-27 in OT in 2012, and 49-15 in 2013 in the Class B finals, and also beat Waverly in the semifinals in 2009 (21-0) and 2014 (14-7).

This season, Waverly has outscored its opponents by an average of 32.6 to 9.1 points per game, while Forks has outscored its foes by an average to 46.6 to 8.6.

Dubbs Haqq and junior Zander Arnold lead a powerful Chenango Forks around game that averages nearly 300 yards per game, which runs behind a big and physical offensive line, anchored by 6-1, 90-pound senior Tyler Hayes.

Junior QB Grady Stark has completed 65 percent of his passes on the season.

Waverly sophomore QB Joey Tomasso has completed a school-record 137passes in 250 attempts for 1,732 yards, which is second all-time in school history. He has thrown 17 TDs passes and been intercepted five times.

Tomasso’s favorite targets are senior Brady Blauvelt (44 receptions, 528 yards, and five TDs), junior Jay Pipher (36-60-1-5), senior Tyler Talada (19-222-3), and junior Isaiah Bretz (16-191-2).

Junior Gage Tedesco leads Waverly with 547 rushing yards and seven TDs, and Tomasso has 546 yards and 11 TDs.

Common opponents: Forks blanked Dryden, 48-0, while Waverly beat the Purple Lions, 46-7 … Forks blanked Chenango Valley, 46-0, and Waverly beat CV, 17-7 … Forks thumped Oneonta, 39-2, while Waverly rolled to a 43-15 win over the Yellowjackets … Forks blanked Susquehanna Valley, 40-0, and Waverly beat SV, 21-14 … Forks thumped Watkins Glen / O-M, 39-14, while Waverly beat the Seneca Indians, 25-19.

Last meeting:
The Blue Devils topped Waverly, 27-7, in Week 8 of the 2019 season.

CLASS D CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
@ Binghamton’s Alumni Stadium
Tioga (8-0) vs. Newark Valley (7-2), 7 p.m.:
The Tigers are coming off a 56-12 rout of Delhi in the Class D semifinals, while the Cardinals edged Harpursville-Afton, 28-26, in overtime in the other semi-final game.

The Tigers have won three Section IV, Class D titles in a row, and eight of the last nine. They won a state title in 2015, and have reached the state semifinals all eight times they’ve won the section title.

The Cardinals won back-to-back Class C titles in 2016 and 2017, winning a state title in 2016.

Tioga coach Nick Aiello has a 104-23 record in 12 seasons,including a 23-2 postseason mark, but is only 6-5 against Newark Valley — 2-5 in the last seven meetings.

These two Tioga County rivals have only had one postseason meeting, with Tioga pulling out a 14-13 win to claim the Class C title in 1980.

This season, Tioga has outscored its opponents this season by an average of 48.8 to 7.9 points per game, while Newark Valley has outscored its foes 37.1 to 18.6 points per game.

Newark Valley averages 378.5 yards per game, including 258.2 yards on the ground.

Junior Landon Spoonhower leads Newark Valley with 698 yards and seven TDs on 88 carries (7.9 yards per carry), while senior QB Mikey Wandell has 627 yards and seven TDs on 108 carries (5.8 ypc), and junior Max Flesher has 460 yards and eight TDs on 77 carries (6 ypc).

Wandell has completed 43.8 percent (42 of 96) of his passes for 1,055 yards (25.1 yards per completion) and 11 TDs, while being picked off four times. Junior Joey Sherwood is hit top target with 15 catches for 508 yards (33.9 yard per reception) and six TDs, and Spoonhower has 15 grabs for 278 yards and one TD.

Senior tailback Emmett Wood leads Tioga with 1,253 yards and 21 TDs on just 82 carries, which averages out to a whopping 15.3 yard per carries, while senior fullback Gavin Godfrey has 497 yards and six TDs on 50 carries (9.9 yards per carry), and sophomore QB Caden Bellis has 494 yards and seven TDs on just 34 carries, which averages out to 14.5 yards per carry. Sophomore slotback Ousmane Duncan has 182 yards and three TDs on 17 carries (10.7 ypc).

Bellis has completed 57.4 percent (27 of 47) of his passes for 760 yards (28.1 yards per completion) and 12 TDs, without an interception. Senior Cobe Whitmore leads the Tigers with eight receptions for 140 yards and three TDs, while sophomore Evan Sickler has five grabs for 207 yards and two TDs, Duncanson has four catches for 134 yards and two TDs, and sophomore Valentino Rossi has four receptions for 122 yards and two TDs. Godfrey has two catches for 115 yards and two TDs.

Common opponents (playoff teams):
Tioga beat Delhi 55-0 and 56-12, while Newark Valley beat the Bulldogs, 20-7 … Tioga blanked Harpursville, 48-0, while Newark Valley’s win over the Hornets last week avenged a 42-33 season-opening home loss.

Last meeting:
Tioga blew open a 13-0 game at halftime, and rolled to a 46-15 win.

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