BINGHAMTON – For the Greene Trojans, a first sectional football championship will have to wait at least another year.
Waverly conceived and executed a perfect offensive a defensive game plan, one that led to perhaps a more exaggerated final outcome than one would imagine.
Facing the unbeaten and state-ranked Trojans, Waverly captured the program’s second-ever sectional title blowing out Greene, 39-0, Saturday at Binghamton Alumni Stadium.
Quarterback Zach Cooney had first-half touchdown passes of 66 and 87 yards to speedy wideout Ryan Hewitt, and the Waverly defense posted its seventh shutout of the season allowing a Trojans team, hitherto averaging 32 points a game, to just 131 yards of total offense, and nary a sniff at the goal line.
“We had a big play early, and I think when you get a team down a little bit that hasn’t had much go wrong for it this year, it plants a seed of doubt,” said Waverly coach Jason Miller. “Then you have something else go good. It’s something that spiraled out of control for them.”
The Trojans seemed to have their defense well prepared for Waverly at the start forcing a punt after a three-and-out on the initial series of the game. After punting the ball back to the Wolverines, Cooney and Hewitt then struck gold. On a long aerial down the left sideline, Hewitt outran his defender and under Cooney’s looping pass for the 66-yard score with 7:04 left in the opening quarter.
Cooney connected with two long first down passes to Jeff Mastrantuono on the next drive to pave the way for a Dylan Gutierrez seven-yard scamper upping the lead to 12-0 with just over two minutes left in the opening stanza.