A pair of Interscholastic Athletic Conference rivals meet Friday night when Dryden travels to Lansing in a key Section 4 Division IV matchup at Sobus Field.
The Purple Lions (3-1 overall, 0-0 Division IV) are coming off a 47-12 home defeat of Greene last Friday night, led by running back Stuart Stahlman (11 carries-147 yards, 2 touchdowns) and quarterback Alan Davis (7-for-14, 202 yards, 2 touchdowns). Stahlman — a 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore — scored on runs of 1 and 46 yards, and had two receptions for 79 yards as well as a 2-point conversion catch early in the second quarter.
Davis, a 6-2 senior who also plays defensive end, had scoring tosses of 26 yards to Branden Decker and 39 yards to Matthew McHerron. He also ran for two scores as the Purple Lions — honorable mention in this week’s Class C state rankings — bounced back from a 49-12 loss in week 3 to defending Section 4 champion Chenango Forks. Dryden opened the season with victories over Oxford (32-14) and Moravia (34-12).
Lansing’s most recent loss also came against Chenango Forks, a 28-0 home blanking last weekend. The Bobcats (2-2, 1-0 Division IV), winners of two in a row before last weekend, were outgained 342-87. The Bobcats opened with an eight-point loss to Groton but followed with wins over Chenango Valley (22-21) and Trumansburg (54-20).
Division leader Waverly (3-1, 1-0 Division IV) welcomes Trumansburg (0-4, 0-1 Division IV) Friday night in a game to be played at Athens (Pa.) High due to construction at Waverly’s home stadium. The Wolverines, also a Class C honorable mention this week, have won two in a row since a 28-14 loss to undefeated Harpursville (4-0), ranked seventh in Class D.
Groton (3-1, 1-1 Division VII) will try to bounce back from a 14-0 loss at Moravia last Saturday when it hosts Watkins Glen (2-2, 1-1 Division VII) Friday night. The Indians were stymied by the division-leading Blue Devils (3-1, 2-0 Division VII) and gave up two late touchdowns.
Other games Friday night include Harpursville at Candor (1-3, 0-2 Division VI); Spencer-Van Etten (2-2, 0-2 Division VII) at Odessa-Montour (0-4, 0-2 Division VII) and Oxford (1-3, 1-1 Division VI) at Tioga (4-0, 2-0 Division VI).
At 3 p.m. Saturday, Ithaca (0-4, 0-3 Division I) will look to snap a 10-game losing streak dating to last season when it takes on Oneonta (0-4, 0-3 Division II), which has been outscored 192-28 this season; Ithaca has been outscored in its four losses, 172-54, and comes off a 55-6 loss to Union-Endicott.
Also on Saturday, Elmira Notre Dame (3-1, 2-0 Division VII) — whose only loss came in Week 1 when it had to forfeit due to insufficient numbers — meet Moravia (3-1, 2-0 Division VII) in a battle for first place in the division.
Maine-Endwell (4-0, 2-0 Division II) extended its state-best unbeaten streak to 29 games last week with a 39-3 victory over Johnson City, and still tops the state Class B rankings. Other ranked teams from Section 4 include Chenango Forks (No. 4 in Class C), Newark Valley (No. 18 in Class C), Tioga (No. 2 in Class D), Harpursville (No. 7 in Class D) and Unatego (No. 17 in Class D).