Tioga Center, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A year and six days will have elapsed since the play that every Tioga player remembers. A two-point conversion stood between the Tigers and the state title game, but Randolph made the stop last year and with it took the spot in the Class D state finals.
That 7-6 loss to the Cardinals is the last loss Tioga suffered. Now, after another perfect season, the Tigers finally get a chance at redemption.
Tioga and Randolph will face off in a rematch Friday evening in Rochester. It's a game the Tigers say they have been waiting to play all season.
"It's the only thing that has been running through any of our heads," said senior Carter Jackson. "I think we all knew in our hearts we would be back here and that this is the one thing we wanted all year."
"They deserve to be where they're at, and Friday night they're just chomping at the bit to get going and get that kickoff at 5 o'clock and start hitting people," said coach Nick Aiello on Thursday.
Since that loss Tioga is 12-0, while Randolph is on a 21-game winning streak which includes last year's game.
The Tigers and Cardinals are scheduled for a 5 p.m. kickoff at Sahlen's Stadium on Friday.