TOWN OF FENTON (WBNG) - The high school football season kicks off in the Southern Tier Friday night. Class B in Section IV is shaping up to be a battle again in 2017. Chenango Valley may not have the experience returning its Class B opponents do, but the Warriors aren't letting that affect them.
"Youth, I think is good because in some respects, those guys are hungry to learn and eager to learn," said Chenango Valley head coach Jay Hope.
Chenango Valley enters the 2017 season needing to replace a senior class of 17.
"(Our mindset is) just kind of retool," said Hope. "Basically say, 'Well, we need to get some guys who are going to lead.'"
Leading was a specialty of Aaron Trumino, who is now playing at Bloomsburg University.
"Heart, soul," said Hope. "(Trumino was) a guy who provided a lot of leadership and a lot of strength for us on the field."
"It's different (without Trumino) because he was such a great leader and such a hard worker," said Chenango Valley senior fullback/linebacker Joseph Testani. "He really pushed us."
This year's group of seniors is stepping up.
"I'm just kind of leading the team, giving them the message to always try their best and go 100 percent throughout the whole practice and season," said Testani.
"Tell them all that they need to work hard," said Chenango Valley senior quarterback/defensive end Chace Snyder. "They pretty much just need to hit each other, because that's what football is."
The Warriors aren't viewing their youthfulness as a detriment.
"That's one of the neat things about coaching," said Hope. "You get to see your kids grow, players grow, from the modified ranks and kind of see who's going to emerge."
"I always watched them during pee-wee," said Testani. "A couple of them are two years younger than me, so they were playing JV and I'd go watch their games and now they are on my team. A lot of them are faster than me, so it's exciting to see them get going."
When Chenango Valley takes the field, expect to see a fast bunch of skill position players.
"(Our strength is our) Speed," said Testani. "We've got a lot of guys who can play. We're a lot deeper than teams think."
All the Warriors have one goal in mind.
"Really just win as many games, that's my goal, win as many games as possible," said Testani.
Chenango Valley hosts Susquehanna Valley week one on Saturday, September 2 at 1:30 p.m.