ROME – New York Mills threw a blanket over the Otselic Valley offense forcing a multitude of turnovers en route to a 55-27 victory Tuesday night in the Section III Class D finals at Rome Free Academy.
It was the second sectional finals loss for the Vikings this decade, who previously lost to Hamilton in 2001. "I'm really proud of our season, but by the same token, I hope this helps our kids understand what it takes to get better," said Otselic Valley head coach Dave Loomis.
The Vikings claimed the Section III D-2 title winning three close games on the strength of rebounding, defense, and efficient offense. All of those were quashed by the state-ranked Marauders, who proved their depth winning without two starters, both of whom were dismissed from the team three games ago.