Class B rankings…

The first game of the season is only seven days away. Wow. I have spent some time doing research and compiled a pre-season ranking of Class B teams. Nothing too serious, just my thoughts on the upcoming season.

Division III:
#1 – Chenango Forks Blue Devils
What’s good: New playing field, experienced defense, Section IV’s best program ever?
What’s not: New head coach, QBs, stiff competition (that means CV)
#2 (tie) – Chenango Valley Warriors
What’s good: Defense, smashmouth running game, the best fans in Section IV
What’s not: Rough schedule, many holes to fill, stiff competition (that means CF)
#2 (tie) – Windsor Black Knights
What’s good: High octane offense, passing game, most experienced
What’s not: No defense, easy non-league schedule, off-field problems
#4 – Norwich Purple Tornado
What’s good: Playing field, PA very low, sleeper team ’08
What’s not: Average team in above average division, fan support, key players
#5 – Oneonta Yellowjackets
What’s good: Experienced defense, great home games, athleticism
What’s not: Offense, no program, turnovers

The way I see it, the top two teams in Div. III will play for the Section IV Class B title. Chenango Valley, Windsor and Chenango Forks will beat each other up all season. I think all Chenango Valley has to do is to win three division games to make it into the playoffs. No one team will emerge as the best until later in the season, as CV plays Windsor in Week #5, CV plays CF in Week #7, and Windsor plays CF in Week #8. Since Susquehanna Valley moved divisions (usually a divisional win for the better teams), there will tighter competition at the top. Chenango Valley cannot lose to either Norwich or Oneonta and then expect to beat Windsor and CF for the magical three wins. Get wins while you can and prepare for the big games. Defense will be more important than ever this season, and I think CF and CV can stop Windsor’s certain air attack. Looking at the schedules, anything could happen. A rematch from last season? Let’s play the first game and think about those things later.



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