Cortland, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
This time of year it takes depth to win football games. Particularly on the college field.
This week the Cortland State Red Dragons prepare for a second round game in the NCAA tournament, with 3 local section 4 grads adding to that depth.
None are superstars, but as coach Dan McNeill, himself a Walton grad,explains, each has made a difference this season.
Garrett Cade says, "This game coming in the first game of the playoffs, putting up a lot of points is big for the team. A lot of emotion and we have a lot of momentum going into next week."
Coach Dan MacNeill says, He came to us as a wide receiver, and we told him he'd be much more productive at tight end. He said yes and he gives us another go to guy at the tight end position. And he had a couple of terrific football plays for us."
Norwich grad Vaughn Labor says, " We just have to keep doing what we've been doing. We are really good at stopping the run. That's kind of our bread and butter. So as long as we stop the run, and be good in the past game and jump on the routes, we will be pretty good going forward."
Coach adds, " He's much bigger as you mentioned, and now he has a presence on the field, and I can only expect next year and the year after that he's really going to be a good football player. You can't coach athleticism. So we're really excited about him."
Forks running back turned special teams standout Joe Aston says, " Yes, we definitely do have a lot of confidence. We did a lot of good things today, but there's still a lot of things that we need to work on. Especially because Alfred is a good team, so we are going to work on that and have a good week next week."
"Joe has been a steady performer for us since he got here. He's quick, and he's very capable in terms of her returner catching the ball and making good decisions. We enjoy that from him."