Week 7 of the high school football season is largely about trying to secure division championships and playoff berths.
There will be no playoffs for either Watkins Glen or Odessa-Montour, but their rivalry game captures the classic essence of high school football better than any other game on the schedule this weekend.
The Schuyler County rivals will square off at 7 p.m. Friday in Watkins Glen in the 47th annual Bucket Game. Watkins Glen leads the series 27-19 and has won the last two games, including a 33-6 victory in Odessa last year.
There is no doubt this will be the high point of the season for the winner. Watkins Glen comes in at 2-4, including a forfeit victory over Thomas A. Edison.
Odessa-Montour is 1-4, with those losses coming to teams with a combined record of 19-5.
* Candor at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. Friday: Notre Dame is in position to earn one of the eight berths into the Section 4 Class D playoffs with a victory against Candor (0-6) on Senior Night.
The top two teams in each of the four Class D divisions in Section 4 advance and Notre Dame (4-2, 2-1 Division X) is tied for second place with Spencer-Van Etten (5-1, 2-1). The Panthers are big underdogs Friday against division-leading Tioga (5-1, 3-0), the state’s second-ranked Class D team.
Notre Dame players will be wearing pink socks in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and their coach, Mike D’Aloisio, whose family is impacted by the disease.
* Ithaca at
Elmira , 1:30 p.m. Saturday: The winner at Elmira Free Academy’s Marty Harrigan Field earns the No. 3 seed for the Class AA semifinals and will play at Corning in the semifinals in two weeks. The loser plays at top-seeded Binghamton.
The Express (2-4, 0-2 Division I) broke a four-game losing streak with a 32-20 victory over Vestal that included 261 yards rushing and four touchdowns from sophomore Jerry McPeak. He has run for 705 yards and seven touchdowns on 120 carries this season.
Ithaca (1-5, 0-2) beat Johnson City, 48-35, in Week 3 for its only win.
* Dryden at Waverly, 7 p.m. Friday: Waverly (6-0, 3-0 Division VI) can clinch the division with a win against the Purple Lions (2-4, 1-2) and a Trumansburg loss to Lansing.
* Union-Endicott at Corning, 7 p.m. Friday: After suffering a 55-17 loss to Binghamton, Corning (5-1) responded with impressive road victories over Johnson City and Ithaca.
The Hawks will face a much tougher test at Corning Memorial Stadium against unbeaten Union-Endicott (6-0), which dominated Binghamton, 43-21, last week.
* Horseheads at Binghamton, 7 p.m. Friday: Horseheads (2-4) had its two-game winning streak snapped last week against Johnson City, 38-7.
Binghamton (4-2) had won four straight before losing to Union-Endicott.