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…

GO WARRIORS

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