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Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — There are just two football games on the docket Friday, but they are both big rivalries. The schedule also features a big volleyball rivalry.
The biggest game of the night features a bitter rivalry as Newark Valley invades Tioga in a battle of state ranked teams. At the same time, Tioga’s unbeaten volleyball team travels to Candor.
Also tonight, Athens hosts longtime NTL Large School rival North Penn.
Newark Valley (3-1 overall, 2-1 Div. VI) at Tioga (4-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. @ Haggerty Field: The Tigers are coming off a 55-0 demolition of Delhi, ranked 14th in the state at the time, while the Cardinals rolled to a 35-7 win over Dryden.
The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in Class D, have outscored their opponents 179-28, while Newark Valley, ranked 15th in the state, has won three in a row since a season-opening loss to Harpursville, now ranked 11th in the state. In those three wins, the Cardinals have outscored their opponents 161-32.
The Cardinals are averaging 264.3 yards per game on the ground. Senior QB Mikey Wandell leads the team with 241 yards and two TDs, while junior Landon Spoonhower has 239 yards and four TDs, and junior Max Flesher has 203 yards and five TDs.
Wandell has completed 17 of 34 passes (50 percent) for 495 yards and six TDs, while being picked off once. He averages 29.1 yards per completion.
Joe Sherwood and Spoonhower lead the Cardinals with six catches apiece. Sherwood’s six receptions are good for 227 yards (37.8 yards per reception) and four TDs, while Spoonhower’s grabs accounted for 152 yards (25.3 yards per catch) and one TD.
The Tigers are averaging 347 yards per game, and 10.1 yards per carry on the ground. Senior Emmett Wood leads Tioga with 619 yards (13.5 yards per carry) and 13 TDs, while sophomore QB Caden Bellis has 303 yards (13.8 yards per carry) and three TDs, and senior Gavin Godfrey has 253 yards (9 yards per carry) and four TDs.
Bellis has completed 14 of 26 (53.8 percent) pass attempts for 391 yards (27.9 yards per completion) and three TDs, without being picked off.
Senior Cobe Whitmore leads the Tigers with six catches for 98 yards and one TD, and sophomore Evan Sickler has three grabs for 165 yards and one TD.
North Penn (3-3, 2-2 NTL Large) at Athens (4-2, 2-1), 7 p.m. @ Alumni Field: The Wildcats are coming off a 50-0 win over Hughesville, while the Tigers topped Midd-West, 35-14.
Athens has outscored its opponents 175-12 in its four wins, while North Penn has been outscored 133-14 in its three losses.
The Wildcats are averaging 314 yards per game in total offense — 190 rushing and 124 passing.
Senior Shayne Reid leads Athens with 614 yards (10.4 yards per carry) and five TDs, while junior Caleb Nichols has 162 yards (10.1 yards per carry) and two TDs, and junior QB Mason Lister has 112 yards and four TDs.
Lister has completed 45 of 67 (67.2 percent) for 715 yards and 10 TDs, while being picked off just once.
Senior Karter Rude leads the Wildcats with 13 receptions for 300 yards, and four TDs, while senior J.J. Babcock has 12 catches for 164 and three TDs, and Reid had 11 grabs for 190 yards and three TDs.
North Penn’s sophomore QB Karson Dominick has completed 64 of 107 (59.8 percent) of his passes for 578 yards and six TDs, while being picked off four times. Cameron Fabian is his main target with 27 receptions for 279 yards and three TDs.
Kohen leads North Penn on the ground with 471 yards and seven TDs, while Fabian has 222 yards and two TDs.
Tioga (9-0) at Candor (9-1), 5 p.m. JV start: The Lady Tigers are coming off a sweep at Watkins Glen Wednesday, while the Lady Indians swept Thomas A. Edison.
In their first meeting, Tioga won the fifth set, 25-20, to pull out a 3-2 win over Candor.
Waverly at S-VE, 5 p.m. JV start: The Lady Wolverines are coming off a sweep of O-M in their first match in 16 days, while the Lady Panthers topped Newfield, 3-1.
Earlier this season, Waverly rallied from a 2-0 deficit to top S-VE in five sets.
Waverly (7-1-3) at SVEC, 4:30 p.m.: The Lady Wolverines are coming off a 0-0 non-league double-OT tie with Horseheads Thursday, while the Lady Eagles dropped a 4-0 decision to Newark Valley Monday.
If Waverly wins, and Notre Dame beats Newark Valley, the two teams will square off in a Large School divisional playoff next week.
Waverly, Athens at Newark Valley Invite: Local teams run in one of their final tune-ups before the postseason.