10:23 p.m.

Get ready. | Original photo by Tim Rogers

Josh Pratt last season. | Original photo by Tim Rogers

I was standing on the 50-yard line at the Chenango Valley High School football field. I was standing on the field where the Chenango Valley Warriors have gone 8-1 in the past two seasons, and outscored their opponents 210-78.

However, this was the same 50-yard line where the Warriors did not have a winning season from 1997-2005. It was a span of eight losing years going 21-60 in the process. I remember witnessing CV lose 49-0 against Chenango Forks during one of those losing seasons. Imagine that.

What a long way the CV football program has come since those dire days in the valley. Over the past two years, Chenango Valley has gone from an automatic “W” on opponents schedules, to a very competitive state-ranked program on the rise.

As the weeks wind down until the first day of classes, the R.T.L. squad will be on the practice fields getting prepared for what should be another memorable season. The first day of practice is today, and after talking to some players, today’s a date that the team has been looking forward to.

It was 10:25 and I looked from the “good side” of the field where this season the likes of Testani, Stinson, Pratt, Smith and others will roam the sidelines before the big game and where Warrior Nation will rock the stands all the way to the “bad guys” side where the Sabers, Hornets, Little Red, and most notoriously the Blue Devils will pace until kickoff.

I have a sense that “Chenango Valley Football 2008” is gonna be a wild one.


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