WAVERLY (WBNG) — The two-time defending Class C Section IV champions, the Newark Valley Cardinals, battle the four-time Section IV champs, the Waverly Wolverines Saturday in the Section IV semifinals. It’s 12 Sports’ Game of the Week and the Wolverines are ready to give everything they have to advance to the Section IV Championship Game.
“You’ve got a one week season right here,” said Waverly head coach Jason Miller. “You lose, you go sit in a deer stand.”
After finishing last season 2-6 in Class B, Waverly won its division in Class C this season, finishing 6-2 and now enters the Section IV semifinals.
“This is something I’ve never really been apart of,” said Waverly senior athlete Colby Sindoni. “First time ever being in playoffs, first year on varsity. So, I’m pretty excited.”
“This is something we haven’t done in a while,” said Waverly senior lineman James Schutt. “We moved down a class and are telling each other to keep it up.”
It won’t be an easy road for the Wolverines. Up first, a date with the back-to-back Section IV champs, Newark Valley, and its explosive offense.
“We just have to be disciplined in our assignments up front, as far as our gap integrity, and do our job,” said Miller.
Waverly can match the Cardinals blow for blow offensively and expect a little uptempo from the Wolverines.
“Honestly, momentum,” said Sindoni. “Momentum is a big part of our offense, and its also part of our defense, but offense, momentum gets us going.”
A victory Saturday would put Waverly one step closer to its first sectional title since 2015.
“To win a sectional title, it would feel amazing to all of us in the first place,” said Sindoni. “Then, to do something that hasn’t been done much at this school, it’d be even better.”
“It’d be a dream for me,” said Schutt. “Obviously, I haven’t been able to do that before. My senior year, all of us seniors, that’s probably our goal.”
Nothing says playoffs better than some bleached blond hair.
“Last year, when I first started to play football I thought about how if we ever made it to sectionals, either last year or this year, how I’d be bleaching my hair and how I’d look,” said Sindoni. “Here I am and I’m pretty excited.”
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday at Alumni Stadium in Binghamton between No. 25 Waverly and Newark Valley.