ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- Following a thrilling Section IV football championship weekend at Binghamton's Alumni Stadium, state regional action is next, starting Friday, November 10 at Union-Endicott High School. Here's a quick look at the local matchups:
CLASS A Regionals
#22 Whitesboro (7-3) vs. Union-Endicott (9-1)
Friday, November 10 at 8 p.m. at Ty Cobb Stadium.
Class A features a rematch of last year's state regional between Union-Endicott and Whitesboro. The Warriors won that game, 45-18, so Tom Baleno knows that Friday night will present a challenge.
"Now we have to wipe the smile off and get back to work," said Union-Endicott head coach Tom Baleno on Monday. "Whitesboro is a great team. We've been looking at film on them. They're big. They're strong. They're powerful. We'll have our hands full, and hopefully we can do our best, limit our mistakes, and come out with a victory."
"It's great to play at home," said Baleno after winning the section title on Friday night. "We have a great crowd. A great community. Great support. So it will be nice being at home. In the past, going up to Syracuse or Rochester is very difficult. The weather there is crazy, and I think the Southern Tier has some nice weather here. So it will be nice to play at home."
Whitesboro head coach Tom Scheon must figure out a way to stop U-E senior quarterback Devon Hogan.
"[Hogan is] very athletic," said Scheon on Monday. "No question about it. He presents a big problem for us as far as the option style game that they play. They have great size. They're very aggressive. We played them just last year, so we're familiar with their style. We're going to have to play a good football game."
CLASS B Regionals
#3 Homer (10-0) vs. #2 Chenango Forks (10-0)
Saturday, November 11 at 3 p.m. at Ty Cobb Stadium.
Class B pins two undefeated teams against one another. Chenango Forks will meet Homer for the first time since 2005, and Blue Devils head coach Dave Hogan says experience will be key.
"We have a lot of seniors that have experience, like I said before, a lot of good leadership," said Hogan on Monday. "And I think they are going to be ready for the challenge, and we're looking forward to a very good week of practice."
"Our league was tough this year," said Hogan after winning the section title on Saturday. "We had a lot of strong competition, and they've made us better. Hats off to [Class B], too. We hope our best game of the year is going to be next week, and then hopefully we're saying it again the following week."
Meanwhile, Homer head coach Gary Podsiedlik is working on a plan to contain junior running back Jeremiah Allen.
"[Allen] steps, sees you coming, sets up his next move, and low and behold, he's moved to the left on a 45-degree angle and there's no change in his helmet," explained Podsiedlik on Monday. "That's how good linebackers and running backs play, and that's what I like about [Allen], so we're going to have to play football in good football position. Sound, do our job, trust our teammates around us. That's how you're going to have success against a really good young man on an excellent team."
CLASS C Regionals
#6 Skaneateles (10-1) vs. #1 Newark Valley (10-0)
Saturday, November 11 at 11 a.m. at Ty Cobb Stadium.
Class C features defending state champion and top-ranked Newark Valley against Skaneateles.
"The kids have been going one week at a time," said Newark Valley's first-year head coach Ted Hardenstine after winning the section title on Saturday. "We've been saying that since way back in camp. And that's obviously the message we're going to continue with. Okay, next up it looks like is Skaneateles, so we'll focus on them, come up with a game plan, and execute it as well as we can."
Adding that Trentyn Rupert will be a major x-factor.
"When you have that type of sized kid with his athleticism that he has, it's a pretty nice chess piece to have as a coach, and be able to use in different ways," Hardenstine said on Monday.
So how does Skaneateles head coach Joe Sindoni plan on getting around Rupert?
"We're still working on that," said Sindoni on Monday. "He's good. We have some big bodies, but he certainly appears to me to be a Division-I lineman if ever I've seen one."
CLASS D Regionals
#6 Dolgeville (10-0) vs. #11 Tioga (8-1)
Friday, November 10 at 4 p.m. at Ty Cobb Stadium.
In Class D, Tioga will take on Dolgeville on Friday, and Tigers head coach Nick Aiello says experience will be key.
"It's huge," said Aiello on Monday. "These seniors were on the state championship team of 2015, and really they've been the leaders all year long. They've set the tone from summer workouts to preseason to week by week, and I can't be more proud of them in that sense."
And Dolgeville head coach Daniel Zilkowski knows that Saturday's game won't be easy.
"They run the ball very well," said Zilkowski on Monday. "They're extremely physical. They have a lot of good backs. They have a great offensive line. It's what I would expect out of Tioga."
"States are states," said Tioga head coach Nick Aiello after winning the section title on Friday. "I think with our experience going in, we're able to prepare our kids the right way, and that needs to be a strength of ours, and our kids will be ready. We have four days next week to get ready, and the process stays the same."