Waverly Football Ready to Take on Class B
WAVERLY, NY (WENY) - Football kicks off in the Southern Tier this week. When the season begins, a whole different challenge will lie ahead for the Waverly Wolverines.
The Wolverines will move up a class this season, from Class C to Class B. That means the competition will be tougher week in and week out, and that starts right at the beginning of the season. They travel to take on Union-Endicott on Friday at 7:00 PM. Moving up a class does not change the goal of a section title for Waverly. Head Coach Jason Miller says, "Every year that's our goal. This year we move up to Class B. We'll have tough opponents every week and we just have to take one at a time. To get to the end of the year, you have to take one at a time, one day at a time, one practice and so on. We don't look too far ahead, just try to live in the moment where we're at. Try to improve every day, 1% better is a motto we've kind of adopted."
The Wolverines went 7-3 last season, falling in the Section IV Class C title game 62-7 to Susquehanna Valley. Senior Wide Receiver and Safety Ethan Stotler knows what Waverly has to do to achieve their goal of a section title. He says, "Just got to push harder in practice. I mean, we lost a lot of good guys last year I guess, but we gained a lot. Really if we get there, we just have to go all out again, see what we can do. We moved up a class, so really just push as hard as you can." Stotler adds, "A lot of people think we can't do it, just like they did last year but we all think we can do it so that's all that matters really."
Miller begins this season just 4 wins shy of his 100th career victory, but when the time comes he has plenty of people to share the accomplishment with. He says, "When you talk about those type of milestones, you think about all of the players that contributed to that. I have a great staff. I've had the same staff here for over a decade and most of them have been with me for the last 15 years. The milestones are just longevity."