Ryan Harris & Liam Matthews – 12 Sports Athletes of the Week

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SIDNEY (WBNG) — The Sidney Warriors football team is undefeated this season and big reason why is the combination of quarterback Ryan Harris and receiver Liam Matthews. The Warriors duo is 12 Sports’ Athletes of the Week and the chemistry between Harris and Matthews goes well beyong the gridiron.

“We just kind of had this bond that I don’t think any other receiver/quarterback has,” said Sidney junior receiver Liam Matthews.

Ryan Harris and Liam Matthews have been hooking up all season long for the Warriors.

“They work hard together and they have a nice little friendship going,” said Sidney head coach Jeff Matthews.

Harris connected with Matthews 14 times including three touchdown passes in Sidney’s win over Newark Valley Friday night. In the victory, Harris broke the Sidney program record for touchdown passes in a single-season.

“Taking the year off last year and then coming back and being able to accomplish that stuff is crazy to me,” said Sidney senior quarterback Ryan Harris.

“I just had this fire of Newark Valley beating us last year and I wanted that pay back,” said Liam Matthews.

The Harris/Matthews connected help Sidney finish the regular season undefeated.

“Everything is just connecting together,” said Harris. “Our lineman are working hard, and our receivers are working hard and I am finding spots to throw. Everything is kind of falling together.”

The duos chemistry goes back way further than this football season.

“Our moms were really good friends,” said Liam Matthews. “So, we grew up together and it’s just been really good. We hang out mostly on the field, but it has been pretty good.”

“Since Pee-Wee and modified they have been friends,” said Jeff Matthews. “They have hung out together, so it is neat to be able to have that chemistry.”

Harris is a senior, while Matthews is a junior, so their time together at Sidney is coming to close.

“It’s sad,” said Harris. “It’s weird too, thinking that I can’t believe I’m a senior now and all of these kids are going to still be working on the field and I am going to be in college somewhere.”

“Well, obviously I am going to miss all of the senior,” said Liam Matthews. “Hopefully, we get a quarterback that can put the ball out there and let me do what I gotta do.”

No. 3 Sidney plays No. 10 Greene in the Section IV Class D semifinals Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Johnson City High School.

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