The championship picture in Division IV of the Section 4 Football Conference could be made a lot clearer — or a lot murkier — after this week’s games as area high school football enters the penultimate weekend of the regular season.
Waverly (4-2, 2-0 Div. IV) travels to Dryden on Friday night to face a Purple Lions squad (4-2, 1-1) still within an arm’s length of the division lead. A Wolverines victory would tie them with division leader Lansing (4-2, 3-0), which travels to Newark Valley on Saturday afternoon in non-divisional play. The Bobcats visit Waverly next weekend in the regular-season finale, which would be for the division crown should the Wolverines win Friday night.
However, a Dryden win tonight could lay the groundwork for a potential three-way tie atop Division IV. That outcome, along with a Dryden win next weekend against Thomas A. Edison (1-5, 0-2) and a Waverly win over Lansing, would leave all three teams at 3-1 in the division. That would leave the champion in the hands of the Section 4 Football Committee and a points system that gives added weight to certain victories, based on the quality of the opponent.
Waverly has outscored its two divisional opponents by a combined 80-6, the result of victories over Edison (46-6) and winless Trumansburg (34-0). Dryden’s lone divisional loss came to Lansing (28-22) two weeks ago; the Bobcats have also defeated Trumansburg (54-20) and Edison (61-6 last week) in divisional play.
Waverly is coming off a 31-21 non-divisional loss last week to Division III co-leader Chenango Valley; Dryden defeated Trumansburg last Friday night, 40-8.
Elsewhere in Section 4 on Friday, undefeated Elmira (6-0, 4-0 Div. I) will look to stay on track for a possible division-title showdown next week with Binghamton when it takes on Ithaca (0-5, 0-4) at Moresco Stadium. The Little Red, which has lost 12 straight dating back to last season, is coming off a 41-14 home loss to Binghamton (5-1, 4-0) last weekend.
Groton (4-2, 2-2 Div. VII) will head south to Tioga County to take on Spencer-Van Etten (4-2, 2-2 Div. VII) in the Panthers’ homecoming game. The Indians are coming off a 34-15 loss last weekend at Elmira Notre Dame; not only did Groton lose the game, but it also lost all-state senior running back Zeke Wright to what was reported to be a broken collarbone.
Wright had already gained 134 yards and scored both Groton touchdowns when he went down in the second quarter.
Other games Friday include Elmira Notre Dame (5-1, 4-0 Div. VII) at Watkins Glen (3-3, 2-2 Div. VII), Seton Catholic Central (2-4, 1-3 Div. VI) at Candor (1-5, 0-4 Div. VI) and Moravia (3-3, 2-2 Div. VII) at Odessa-Montour (0-6, 0-4 Div. VII).