Waverly (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Expectations are usually high at Waverly, and with a somewhat young team in 2013, the Wolverines finished the year playing for the Section 4 title in Class C.
That wasn't quite good enough.
The Wolverines marched to a 4-and-0 record in their division last year, but ran into the Chenango Forks buzzsaw in the sectional title game, losing 49-15. This year's group says that bad loss weighs on them, and that weight won't be lifted until they get back.
"It eats at you every day we think about it," said senior Macutcheon Brown. "The thing that eats at me the most is, we didn't give our best effort last year in the sectional finals and that really kills you. We're working every day to get back to the sectional final and this year, we're coming for them. We want to win."
"Last year was a tough loss," said senior Joey Peters. 'Forks, they were a good team, obviously. I'm ready to meet them back this year and have a better outcome this year."
Welcome Home, Wolverines
Waverly's Memorial Stadium has brand new turf, new stands, a video scoreboard, the works. After the Wolverines were unable to play a true home game there last season due to safety concerns, it's a welcome return home.
"After a year being away, it's really nice, especially to come back to a facility such as this," said head coach Jason Miller. "It's just rewarding and certainly humbling in a lot of ways. It's nice to -- it's hard to believe it happened."
"It's unbelievable how it turned out," said senior Joey Peters. "Couldn't ask for anything better. Last year, playing at Athens for our home games, that wasn't any fun. Everything felt away. Coming back here, being the first team to step on the field, it's a great feeling. I mean, I'm honored to do it."
Waverly's first game on its newly-renovated field comes at home against Harpursville-Afton.