Tioga Rebuilds Team and Community

By wbng sports

September 27, 2011 Updated Sep 27, 2011 at 8:50 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton)

This season has been anything but normal for the Tioga Tigers football team.
A week one win was supposed to be followed by the first day of school.
But the flood of 2011 hit, devastating the town, shutting down the school, and put a hold on the Tigers season.
In this week's Action Sports Spotlight, Gabe Osterhout talks to the team about growing closer together, by helping out the community.

Junior running back Tyler Spiers says, "It was devastating…everyone's house in Tioga Center flooded to first floor, people had to move, houses got ruined…just devastating."

For two weeks, the Tioga Tigers put away the pads, helmets and footballs and got down to work.
Helping communities such as Tioga, Nichols, Owego, clean up after the flooding.

Senior linebacker Nick Talcott says, "It's been tough. Couldn't really stay in touch with anyone. I mean everyone's out there helping out and you just gotta stay focused, get ready to get back to it when it comes around."
Last week, that's exactly what they did.
Got focused and back to work.

"It was great. I mean I love football, I love this group of people that I have. They're all my best friends so it was just great to get back into it."
That hard work paid off.
Playing their first game in two weeks, the Tigers jumped out to a 33-7 first quarter lead en route to a 60-7 victory over state ranked Edison.

Coach Nick Aiello says, "I think it's just great for the team. We finally get to play after week 1. Very proud of them. For their help in the community and we had a lot of people from the community here supporting us."

Senior running back Cody Bennett says, "I think the flood. I mean it hurt us obviously, but I think it brought us together as a family, more like you said and I think it made us bond and after this win…we're going to have a fun year."
And hopefully a year that will help bring smiles, even for a few hours each week, to a community that's still picking up the pieces.
In Tioga Center, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.

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