BINGHAMTON – Of all the firsts that Greene football coach Tim Paske has led his team to, Saturday’s first is probably the sweetest.
“This is the first playoff win in Greene history,” Paske told his team. “No one can take that away from you.”
The Trojans steamrolled Trumansburg over the first three quarters, and rolled to a 44-20 Section IV Class C playoff win at Binghamton Alumni Stadium. Unbeaten Greene (9-0) will play Elmira Notre Dame Saturday at 4 p.m. at Ty Cobb Stadium in Endicott for its first section title.
“This is my third year in the playoffs, and we have never won a playoff game in Greene history,” said Greene senior quarterback Nate Whittaker, who ran and passed for one TD. “Everyone was fired up for this game because we knew we had a great shot to do this.”
The Trojans started slowly punting on their first possession – the team’s only punt of the game. What followed was four straight TD drives. Sticking exclusively with the running game, Greene moved 50 yards on five plays to open the scoring. Garrett Hickey popped a 24-yard run, and added two more runs, the last a four-yard scoring burst. Hickey led Greene with 105 yards rushing, and the Trojans finished with 236 yards on the ground.
“The game plan was to come out and run the ball,” Whittaker said. “We didn’t score a rushing touchdown the last three weeks, so we knew we had to establish the run, and we were able to do that.”