Greene 22, Sidney 8
GREENE – For the third time in the last month, Greene came from behind to win. The Trojans scored two special teams touchdowns, and went on to capture their third Section IV, Division V title since the 2006 season beating the Warriors Friday night.
Greene (8-0) finished unbeaten in the regular season for the second time since 2008 when the Trojans finished 9-1, the lone setback in the Section IV finals.
“Sidney played well and the did some good things defensively,” said Greene head coach Tim Paske. “They changed up their offensive scheme, but our kids were able to come through.”
Sidney reverted to the double wing offensive scheme that it used for great success for many years. Nate McDonald had a TD run and two-point conversion on the opening drive of the game, but suffered a game-ending injury on the conversion try.
Still, a ball-control Sidney offense kept Greene’s potent attack off the field, and the Trojans’ lone points of the first half came on a blocked punt. Kyle Stanton broke loose to block the boot, and Keegan Cerwinski scooped up the ball at the three and ran the ball in making it 8-6.
To start the second half, Cerwinski hit a seam on the kickoff return taking it 87 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. It was the Trojans’ fourth special teams touchdown of the season.
For the third straight game, Greene did not allow a point in the second half, and Jeff Carlin 69-yard run early in the third preceded Carlin’s one-yard TD run to make it 22-8 with 8:08 left in the third quarter. “Our defense did some bending, but most of the rest of the game was played between the 30s,” Paske said of the second half. “At halftime, we made some adjustments to stop their double wing and the kids did their job.”
Stanton and teammate Ricky Carbone were forces on the interior recovering three fumbles. Carbone alone had two forced fumbles, 10 tackles, and a sack.
Greene (8-0) plays Newark Valley Saturday in the first round of the Class C playoffs.
Score by quarters
Sid. 8 0 0 0–8
Gr. 6 0 16 0–22
S: Nate McDonald 16 run (McDonald run)
G: Keegan Cerwinski 3 blocked punt return (kick failed)