Trojans Ready For First Sectional Final

By: Patrick Newell

Greene accomplished goal number four out of a preseason list of seven when it defeated Trumansburg last Saturday in the first round of the Section IV, Class C playoffs. Number five on that list is an easy one to surmise

Greene will meet Elmira Notre Dame Saturday at Ty Cobb Field in Endicott for its first Section IV championship. It is also the first sectional championship game for the Trojans gridders, and it comes after the program’s first playoff win.

“Yes, we’ve never been here before or played for a title, but we are treating it like we have,” said Greene sixth-year coach Tim Paske. Under Paske, Greene has four straight winning seasons and three consecutive postseason bids. “This is another opportunity for our team to play football. We need to enjoy the moment and go after it.”

Elmira Notre Dame is no stranger to postseason play, although it has been over a decade since it competed in Class C. The Crusaders were bumped to Class B for a decade, and made the playoffs several times, but were never able to capture an elusive B championship – as they did in the Class C ranks.

“They’re a team that is similar to us,” Paske said. “They’re used to competing at a higher level (Class B) and they’re senior dominated. They’re physical up front and they like to hit. It should be a good challenge.”

Elmira Notre Dame racked up over 400 yards of total offense in beating Sidney 44-27 last Saturday. It was a two-point game in the fourth quarter when the Warriors turned the ball over twice. END capitalized with a pair of touchdowns to pull away for the win.

Quarterback Joe Thurber was a perfect 8-for-8 for 187 yards and three TD passes. He has over 600 yards through the air this season and completes better than 50 percent of his attempts.

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