U-E hits the road for rough 2-game stretch

U-E hits the road for rough 2-game stretch

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U-E hits the road for rough 2-game stretch

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Union-Endicott takes another step on its late-season football grind with a visit to Corning for a nonleague contest scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. Friday.

Having risen to sixth in Class A state rankings, the 6-0 Tigers round out the regular season with consecutive road games against the Hawks (5-1) and, a week from Saturday, Maine-Endwell.

U-E defenders shift gears from dealing with Binghamton’s no-huddle spread in a 43-21 win last week to trying to contain the double-wing offense of Corning. And coach Shane Hurd expressed an additional source of anxiety.

“I’m concerned about how up were were last Saturday can we get there again?” he said. “We’re playing four games in a row where we have to be at the top of our game. You hope there’s not that letdown after emotional games last week.”

Corning has allowed 10.4 points per game in its five wins, but Friday bumps into an opponent that has rung up a smooth 45 per outing over the last five weekends.

7 p.m. Friday

Chenango Valley (3-3) at Norwich (4-2): To the winner goes a 3-0 record and the Division III championship. These two met in last year’s Class B final, with CV defeating the Purple Tornado for the second time in a three-weekend stretch. …

Horseheads (2-4) at Binghamton (4-2): The last two games between the two have seen Binghamton cruising by a 112-6 advantage. The Patriots surrendered 43 points last week at U-E, 20 more than they had in the previous four games combined. …

Vestal (3-3) at Owego (2-4): Vestal has dropped three of its last four, outscored 88-43 in the losses. The Indians have outscored their last two opponents by a 75-6 total, and last week got 175 rushing yards and two TDs from Zach House. …

Unatego (5-1) at Sidney (4-2): This one has the makings of a beauty. Unatego (No. 9 in Class D) has put up 46.8 points per game in a five-game win streak. Four Sidney opponents have been limited to eight or fewer. Question is, will chronically nasty field conditions slow the Spartans? …

Bainbridge-Guilford (5-1) at Windsor (2-4): Windsor has allowed 35½ points per game in its present three-game losing streak. B-G’s Jake Mazzarella made it a four-digit rushing season with last week’s 196-yard outing against Oxford. …

Moravia (1-4) at Oxford (2-4): The Blackhawks’ Paul Wonka is coming off a 132-yard rushing game. Moravia has lost four in a row, and allowed 89 points the last two weeks. …

Dryden (2-4) at Waverly (6-0): The Lions ended a three-game slide by routing Candor last week. The last five Waverly opponents have teamed for 20 points. Wolverines quarterback Zach Cooney has passed for 11 touchdowns and has yet to be intercepted. …

Tioga (5-1) at Spencer-Van Etten (5-1): Tioga has averaged just over 400 rushing yards per game, led by Tyler Spires, who eclipsed 1,000 for the season last week. S-VE has blanked two of its last three opponents. …

Saturday

Newark Valley (4-2) at Chenango Forks (6-0), 1:30: The Blue Devils (No. 4 in Class C) have won their last three by a combined 11 points and are seeking a 3-0 Division V record. This marks the programs’ first meeting in 21 seasons. …

Maine-Endwell (6-0) at Susquehanna Valley (1-5), 1:30: The top-ranked Spartans, who’ve put up 53 points per game, seek the program’s 19th consecutive win before closing the regular season a week from Saturday at home against Union-Endicott. …

Oneonta (0-6) at Johnson City (2-4), 1:30 at Binghamton Alumni Stadium: The Yellowjackets have allowed a Section 4-high 262 points, and line up against a JC squad coming off a 403-yard offensive showing against Horseheads. …

Deposit/Hancock (2-4) at Walton (2-4), 1:30: Deposit/Hancock had been outscored by 133-6 in a three-game slide that was halted with last week’s 60-0 rout of Livingston Manor. The Warriors have allowed 184 points in six games, 99 more than last year’s team allowed in nine games. …

Harpursville (5-1) at Delhi (3-3), 1:30: The Hornets can make it a 3-0 sweep through Division VIII and extend their win streak to six games. Delhi has won three of its last four, each time scoring 30 or better. …

Union Springs (4-1) at Seton CC (1-5), 7 p.m.: The Saints scored 46 points last week against Moravia — same as they’d logged in the four games preceding that one.

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