“Playoffs? Don’t talk about playoffs. Are you kidding me.”
Former NFL coach Jim Mora was more than reluctant to discuss his team’s playoff possibilities, but as we wind down the regular season schedule, we’re more than curious to know the playoff possibilities of Chenango County’s six football teams:
• Bainbridge-Guilford – The phrase “in control of their own destiny” is overused, but appropriate here. The Bobcats are on a five-game winning streak with division matchups against Oxford and Delhi remaining. A win over Oxford this week sends B-G back to the playoffs for a second straight year. A loss, and the Bobcats can still make the playoffs with a win over Delhi. If they win both contests, what comes is the school’s first Class D division championship and one of two top seeds.
• Greene – There are two roads to a playoff berth for the Trojans. One is convoluted, so we’ll tackle the second, and easier one, first. Playoff option number two for the Trojans requires that they win their final division games, and Walton must lose to either UV-Edmeston or Unatego. Number one in a nutshell: Chenango Valley, not even a Class C school, needs to lose its final two regular season games; Oxford needs to defeat either B-G or Seton Catholic Central; and Groton must lose at least one of its final two games – both would be better. Seems like a Greene needs a lot of teams to lose for it to “win.”
• Norwich – It was reported in other media outlets earlier this week that Norwich is a lock for the Class B playoffs. With one division game remaining – next Saturday against Chenango Valley – the worst NHS can do is tie for second-place. NHS does appear a lock for the playoffs, regardless of divisional game results the next two weeks. One scenario has the Purple is a three-way tie with CV and Oneonta. Based on the Kelly-Redmond Points System, the Warriors would win the division title. The tie-breaker for second place would fall to the Tornado as head-to-head play breaks second-place deadlocks.
• Oxford – Oxford has one path to a playoff appearance, and for starters, it must win its final two division games. Right now, the Blackhawks are two games behind Delhi and B-G in the standings, but has a date against the Bobcats tonight. Oxford coach Mike Chrystie has crunched the numbers, and believes his team has the inside track to a playoff spot with back-to-back wins over B-G and Seton Catholic Central, and a Bobcats loss to Delhi next weekend.