It’s been feast or famine offensively through two weeks, conversely, defenses have either bent slowly or allowed the floodgates to open.
Greene has scored more points than any of the 46 grid outfits in Section IV with 96. Yet, those points have come against two winless clubs who are ranked number 44 and 45 in points allowed per game.
On the flip side of the ball, the Trojans have not allowed a point in those two games, and are the only team in Section IV to start the season with back-to-back shutouts. Greene’s defense is allowing just 120.5 yards per game, a good indicator that the shutouts were no accident. “Those are just stats right now,” said Greene’s seventh-year mentor, Tim Paske. “What we talk about is playing four quarters, no matter who is in the game. We take a lot of pride in that.”
The polar opposite of Greene, UV-Edmeston, is starving for eligible players after racking up injury after injury, and it has not scored a point through two weeks. The Storm were down to their third-string quarterback against powerhouse Greene last weekend, and after another series of in-game injuries, were unable to complete the contest in the fourth quarter. “We had 18 eligible last week, and three more were hurt (against Greene),” said UV-E coach Jack Loeffler. “We had low numbers to start, and we’ve had some bad luck with injuries. Fatigue is a big thing when you have low numbers, and when that sets in, injuries happen.”
Oxford has shown the ability to move the ball the opening two weeks, and quarterback John Wonka leads all Chenango County signal-callers with 311 yards passing. As well as the Blackhawks have thrown the ball, the defense has yielded a whopping 239 yards passing per game and 826 yards of total offense. “If Harpursville (Oxford’s opponent this week) throws the ball all over, it will be the first time they’ve done that this year,” said Oxford coach Mike Chrystie. “We’ve spent all week in practice shoring up our pass defense. Not many coaches say this, but we want to make (Harpursville) beat us with the running game.”
One unique statistic for the Norwich Purple Tornado is its defensive scoring. Despite an 0-2 start, NHS has given up the fewest points (37) through two weeks in Division III. Four of the five Division III clubs, though, are winless with Chenango Valley (1-1) the only club to earn a victory.