Home opener – SV


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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