What to do when your playoff aspirations vanish? Win the rest of your games, said Oxford coach Mike Chrystie.
“The games now are the ones that build character,” Chrystie said. “We’re preaching a no-quit attitude. There is a tradition of winning here, and it would be a disservice to past teams to quit now.”
The Blackhawks are coming off a bruising loss to Deposit, and host a physical Delhi club tonight. The Bulldogs were whipped by Walton a week ago in one of the section’s best rivalry games, and what was also a rematch of last year’s Class D finals game. It was the third straight division shutout for the imposing Warriors, who appear to be in a class by themselves. “Walton is such a strong team, so you can’t base a team on its performance against Walton,” Chrystie said of Delhi. “ Delhi does different things on offense that will give teams problems. They can throw the ball and their quarterback is athletic.”
Until last week’s game, Delhi signal-caller, Trent Kathmann, had four straight 100-yard passing days. In a seesaw battle against Harpursville two weeks ago, Kathmann had 156 yards through the air and running backs Davionne Price and Devon Bedient each went over 100 yards rushing in a 34-32 win. Luke Burns is Kathmann’s top receiving target with 19 catches and three touchdowns. “Our pass defense will be tested this weekend, and we know we’re facing a solid team,” Chrystie said. “One thing you know you’ll get from Delhi is a well-coached, well-prepared team.”
Also on the weekend grid docket, B-G plays Hancock and S-E hosts unbeaten Cazenovia tonight. Saturday, Norwich travels to Chenango Forks; UV-Edmeston hosts Southern Springs; and Greene travels to Trumansburg for a Saturday night affair.