Tioga Ready for Revenge in State Semi-Final
TIOGA, NY (WENY) - The Tioga Tigers have been atop the New York State Sportswriters Association football rankings in Class D since September 25th. For the Tigers to go the distance, they'll have to get revenge on the No. 2 team in the state, the defending state champions.
Tioga will battle Clymer-Sherman-Panama at 5:00 PM at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in the state semi-finals. The Tigers (11-0) are the only undefeated team remaining in Class D, while the Wolfpack sit at 9-1.
Last season, Clymer-Sherman-Panama topped Tioga 54-19 in the state semi-final before topping Moriah for the state title. Head Coach Nick Aiello knows the challenges the Wolfpack present. He says, "Their coaching staff is excellent. They do a great job of utilizing the talent they have. They run a top level offensive system because they have so much talent on that team and their coaches do a great job getting the ball to their playmakers."
Aiello believes to play well on Friday and come away with a win, they need to excel in the days leading up to the semi-final matchup. He says, "It starts with preparation, you know, we have to be prepared and really just have to execute our gameplan. That's going to be the first step, and then after that these big games are decided by really some simple things. Blocking, tackling, field position on special teams and taking care of the football. It's the team that limits the mistakes and the turnovers and is disciplined enough to limit the penalties that's going to give themselves the best chance of winning."
A win for the Tigers would be the ultimate payoff for the work they've put in all season long. Senior quarterback Brady Worthing says, "It would mean everything. Just knowing that our team completed our goals and were able to get there and have the chance to win it all."