CV bounces back – cruises over Southside

Josh Klepfer picks off a pass for CV. | Photo by Collin Herko

Josh Klepfer picks off a pass for CV. | Photo by Collin Herko

CHENANGO VALLEY WARRIORS: 42
ELMIRA SOUTHSIDE GREEN HORNETS: 13

This is Chenango Valley football.

On Homecoming Saturday – the same day that Class B was shocked by Oneonta’s surprise win over the ‘evil empire’ – the Chenango Valley Warriors (the good guys) convincingly beat Class A Elmira Southside 42-13. Five different Warriors scored a total of six times for the home crowd – four by run, one by pass, and one kickoff return to the house.

Junior Devin Carroll led the offense with 126 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a big game coming off last week’s disappointing trip to Norwich. Offense, defense and special teams all were crisp – classic Valley football. It appears that CV now has the team unity and confidence that wasn’t always present in the first three games this season. It’s only one game, but it’s a huge step in the right direction for CV.

Let’s be real here. This win was against a 1-3 team whose only win came off of dismal Susquehanna Valley. But it was a blowout like it should have been if CV has some talent.

Chenango Valley can only look ahead. That means Windsor…this should be fun.

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CV..1-2

Rocco Testani holds as Donnie Fry kicks. | Photo by Collin Herko

Rocco Testani holds as Donnie Fry kicks. | Photo by Collin Herko

CHENANGO VALLEY Warriors: 7
NORWICH Purple Tornado: 22

Norwich fumbles on two consecutive possessions gave Chenango Valley the chance they needed to get on the board first. A series of smashmouth first downs put CV at the 3-yard line where senior Brian Stinson, who led the early Warrior offensive, punched in a touchdown to put CV ahead 7-0 with 1:46 left in the first. Chenango Valley never scored again.

Norwich came back and scored three times in the game, beating last year’s Class B runner-up in front of a home crowd. Although Chenango Valley scored first, this game was a purple haze. Norwich showed off an impressive running game and a fast and sticky defense.

From the press box at Norwich, it was easy to think the bad snaps, limited quarterback protection, lacking running game and most importantly the final score proved that Chenango Valley will not make the playoffs this year. That’s what some might think.

The thought crossed my mind, with the very competitive Div. III, I felt CV had to win this game to have an chance at the postseason. Maybe they did. However my thoughts changed.

I thought about last season’s embarrassing loss to Norwich – during basketball season. The Warriors lost to Norwich 80-71 even after having a 17 point fourth quarter lead. Norwich scored 36 points in the fourth quarter, hitting five three-pointers to crush CV at home right before the Stop-DWI Holiday Classic. After that loss, the team revamped their defense and strategy, won the Stop-DWI tournament, lost only two games, and finished the season in the state Final Four in Glens Falls. CV can always come back.

Then I got the news that Waverly pounded Windsor 31-7. Even better news.

High school football is unpredictable, and if other teams think a 1-2 start means dark days for Chenango Valley – let them think it. It’s all about momentum and Chenango Valley has just started divisional play. Next week CV hosts Elmira Southside for Homecoming – always a spirit booster for the Warriors and after that, Windsor.

Only time will tell who makes the playoffs, but this season might be the most competitive in recent years.

Video highlights to come…

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A night in Norwich

CHENANGO VALLEY VS. NORWICH
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 7:00 P.M.
NORWICH HIGH SCHOOL – NORWICH, NY
– DIRECTIONS TO THE GAME
– WEATHER FORECAST FOR GAME DAY

“This is a must win – this game could determine the rest of our season.”

Although senior Taylor Howard is confident that Chenango Valley will come out of Purple Tornado land with a 2-1 record, Norwich is a tough team that brings a lot to the already stacked Division III…

See you in Norwich,

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CV battles for win

Devin Carroll rushing for a first down. | Photo by Collin Herko

Devin Carroll rushing for a first down. | Photo by Collin Herko

CHENANGO VALLEY WARRIORS : 17
SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY SABERS : 10


CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS GAME IN HIGH QUALITY
Touchdowns from seniors Rocco Testani and Brian Stinson, a Donnie Fry field goal, and fourth quarter defense all lifted the Warriors over Susquehanna Valley 17-10. Leading 3-0 at halftime, CV came back with a touchdown (Stinson) with 7:41 left in the fourth quarter to gain the lead

Listen to the entire game at SouthernTierSportsNetwork.com.

(from left) Rocco Testani, Matt Meddleton, Coach Hope
(from left) Rocco Testani, Matt Meddleton, Coach Hope

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Home opener – SV

CHENANGO VALLEY WARRIORS (0-1) VS. SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY SABERS (0-1)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th, 1:30 PM
CHENANGO VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
*HOME OPENER**12TH MAN**
WEATHER FORECAST FOR GAMEDAY

Oh, the sweet return of Chenango Valley football back to it’s homeland.

The 12th Man, equipped with their new “Warrior Nation” shirts will cheer on the R.T.L. squad this Saturday as the Warriors take on the Sabers of Susquehanna Valley.

Players I have talked to label SV as a “good team we’ve gotta beat.” Every game counts this season for Chenango Valley.

Susquehanna Valley brings some talent, lots of experience and the guts it takes to win a high school football game. Coming off a 19-0 loss at home to Windsor, the Sabers will be hungry to make their case in Class B. They have a big quarterback in Chad Starzer (6-foot-3, 208 lbs.), who is not afraid to throw the ball, even under pressure. Head coach Ray Haskell’s balanced attack will bring run and pass offense – the first test of such an offense for CV this season.

Standing in SV’s way are the Warriors. Also coming off a loss, Chenango Valley wants to prove that their small but pivital mistakes in Corning last week can be corrected and are a contender for a playoff spot. After generally good play in the Corning West game gave the Warriors a loss, everyone on the team feels the need to step up as the season continues.

For the record, they really did play well. Against a confident Class A team, the Warriors scored three times (in a row) and showed offensive poise as play went on. Although the first starting snaps of his career, senior quarterback Rocco Testani delivered. Not only did his first game feature a “defense-fooling” play-action touchdown pass to Kyle Christoffersen, he ran the huddle with confidence to move Chenango Valley down the field. Testani and the Warriors hope to do the same against SV this Saturday. Senior Mark Smith, right tackle said of Testani, “Coming off a good week of practice, Rocco is ready to take charge of the huddle again this weekend. He gets the offense rolling.” Another player who impressed last week was junior Cameron Moochler, rushing for 96 yards and a touchdown in his varsity debut. Watch out for Mooch in the backfield.

On defense, Chenango Valley has a chance to shut down a (just ok) pass-capable offense Saturday. “Defense will set the pace of the game,” Smith said. “We have to get stops when we can, it puts less pressure on the offense.” Susquehanna Valley will test the defense, however if they put pressure on Starzer, it will make everyone’s job a lot easier.

The outcome?
The offense will be key. Chenango Valley will win this game, it will not be a walk in the park, but they will win. The CV running game of Moochler, Brian Stinson and others can tear up the field; and Testani has proved his passing and offensive prowess at Corning West.

See you in the Valley,

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CV loses season opener.

Brian Stinson on the sidelines. | Photo by Collin Herko

Senior FB Brian Stinson on the sidelines. | Photo by Collin Herko

CHENANGO VALLEY WARRIORS: 18
CORNING WEST VIKINGS: 21


*WATCH THIS GAME IN HIGH QUALITY*
The 2008 Chenango Valley football season did not start on the best of notes as CV lost to Corning West 21-18 Friday night. Although Chenango Valley had a lead of 18-7 at one point, special teams blunders and a critical fumble in the fourth quarter and what head coach Jay Hope called “mental lapses” sealed the deal for Corning West. This was the first chance to see Chenango Valley up against real competition and they played well – however big plays hurt the Warriors in the end

Chenango Valley in the huddle. | Photo by Collin Herko

Chenango Valley in the huddle. | Photo by Collin Herko

Senior QB Rocco Testani directs the offensive. | Photo by Collin Herko

Senior QB Rocco Testani directs the offense. | Photo by Collin Herko

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Corning West, here we come.

CHENANGO VALLEY WARRIORS (0-0) @ CORNING WEST VIKINGS (0-0)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 7:00 P.M.
CORNING MEMORIAL STADIUM
*SEASON OPENER*FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS*
– DIRECTIONS
– FRIDAY’S WEATHER FORECAST FOR CORNING, NY

There’s no question that the first game this season will be an important one. The Chenango Valley Warriors football team comes into this game will some high expectations. They were one of the top teams to beat in Section IV last year. Although some spots have to be filled, and we will see how well the R.T.L. squad prepared for the first game of the season against a Class A team.

As everyone knows, Chenango Valley finished last season 8-2, their only two losses coming from NYS Class B runner-up Chenango Forks. I’ve talked about their defensive skill and many offensive weapons, and we will see if they can stack up against a pretty interesting Corning West squad.

The Vikings finished last season 3-5, but can win big games like the did against bitter rival Corning East. They utilize a very complicated double-wing offense, and look for senior (and four year varsity player) Austin Rose to make a big impact on the game for Corning East. According to head coach Mike Johnston, Rose can play “quarterback, running back, wide receiver; we’ll move him around a little depending on what we’re trying to do offensively.” Corning also has a pretty deep team, especially on the defensive front. How far that will go against CV remains to be seen.

What does Chenango Valley have to do to win? Well, first of all the team needs to be mentally prepared. As senior quarterback Rocco Testani put it, “We’re psyched for Friday.” Check. Also, Corning West wants to win the “battle of attrition” and will try to wear down Chenango Valley, substituting players all the time. To overcome this, CV must score early, build up a 10-point lead or so and hold on to it. The Vikings will have to score quickly and will have to use their best players to get back into the game. There goes their strategy. Thirdly, the offensive line will determine the pace and success for the Warriors. If Testani can get into a good rhythm in the pocket, he will not only have less pressure throwing the ball, but it will ensure clean offensive movement up the field. The o-line needs to work as a team and get things done Friday night. Finally, just give the ball to senior Brian Stinson. He hasn’t rushed in a real game in about ten months. I hope a Corning West linebacker tries to tackle him, just for the highlight reel.

Video highlights after the game…

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