OWEGO (WBNG) – Another football season and a huge opportunity for the Owego Indians to make their mark in Class B.
“Really exciting just to get out here and hit again, get back on the field work with the team, work with the guys,” said Owego senior Michael Waslyn.
“We love coming out here and trying to get better every day,” said Owego senior Gio Fabi.
Owego, Chenango Forks and Maine-Endwell – the best division in Section IV
“You say one of the best divisions in the section, I think it is one of the best in state in my personal opinion,” said Owego coach Steve Virkler.
Owego will get to see just how good they are right off the bat in week one when they travel to Chenango Forks.
“Coach Hogan and staff up there do a great job and I know they are going to come prepared and hopefully we can rise to the challenge and play a competitive game with them,” said Virkler.
Coming off a 6-3 season, the Indians lost a strong senior class including quarterback Tyler Phelps.
“This is the team we have been playing with since youth football and we have a lot of chemistry. Losing those seniors obviously hurts but we have a lot of guys who are ready to step up and take their positions,’ said Fabi.
“Losing those seniors was tough but we have a lot of juniors and seniors that can fill a role and step up for us this year,” said Waslyn.
That quarterback battle is two-way competition between candor transfer Cameron Done and Nick Waslyn.
“It’s going to be a competitive battle and right now it is wide open and it’s going to matter who makes more plays and steps up when we need them to,” said Virkler.
Whoever is under center, look for the Indians offense to revolve around seniors Waslyn and Fabi.
“We haven’t done anything yet, I haven’t done anything yet. Our goal is to win this year,” said Fabi.
“We just have to work hard, every practice has to be one hindered percent every single day. Everybody has to buy in and we have to do it,” said Waslyn.
So the big question coming into the season, can Owego make the jump to the top of Class B?
“I think we definitely have the ability with the athletes that we have,” said Waslyn.
“Those teams compete every day at practice, to be able to compete with them we have to do that every day just like them,” said Fabi.