A little over a decade ago, Greene Central School started its Coaches Wall of Fame with its charter member, Section IV Hall of Fame field hockey coach, Nancy Bromley.
Several coaches’ names have been added to the wall, more recently the late Nancy Barrows, and longtime coach Joe Eggleston.
Friday, as part of Greene’s homecoming festivities, two more coaches will see their names added to the wall when Bill Case and Steve Klumpp are honored during halftime of the Greene-Sidney football contest.
Case was a longtime successful basketball and boys’ soccer coach for Greene, and he won four straight Section IV girls’ basketball titles and over 430 games. Klumpp served in a variety of coaching capacities during his long career at Greene, and was a varsity assistant coach under Lynne Simmons – his last football coaching job.
“It was great to have the opportunity, when I started coaching, to have Steve Klumpp there,” said Greene head coach Tim Paske, who worked as a junior varsity football coach under Simmons. “Steve took me under his wing and showed me what Greene football was all about.”
Interestingly, Case and Klumpp worked side by side in their final years of coaching at Greene with Klumpp acting as Case’s junior varsity basketball coach in the winter. “They are both great guys, great role models, and great persons,” Paske said. “Kids responded to them. They really cared about kids, and that’s why they were both so successful.”
Sidney (3-2) at Greene (4-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
The task for Greene is simple: Win out the remaining games and reach the playoffs a fourth straight season. “We are still in control of our destiny, but we need to keep our focus and do our assignments every play,” Paske said.
Greene did not make many mistakes last week against Walton, but with the margin for error so slim, it resulted in a 10-point defeat. “We made some mistakes at inopportune times, and you can’t do that against good football teams,” he said.
Sidney brings a unique offense to the field, one that Greene is now familiar with after seeing it once a year the past decade. Despite the two defeats, Sidney has a big-play offense that can score any time. Evidence of that is the 37 points it scored against a typically-stingy Walton defense.
Dylan Umbra leads the offense as a third-year starting quarterback. Aaron Wood tops the Warriors in rushing as well.
Oneonta (3-2) at Norwich (2-3), Friday 7 p.m.
How each of these two clubs are winning could not be more different.
In winning three straight games, Oneonta has put up at least 40 points in each win, the most recent a 41-9 blowout of Unatego. In that game, the Yellowjackets rushed for 268 yards and threw for 134 more.
“Their offense is a well-oiled machine, and they’ve done a nice job,” said Norwich coach John Martinson. “We run almost the same offense as they do, so it will come down to execution.”
Oneonta’s passing game is led by Dan Broe, and the running-back-by-committee is headed up by Bryce Wooden, who scored three touchdowns last week.
Oh, and another thing, Oneonta has gone almost exclusively no-huddle since the start of the season, and the up-tempo offense is clearly rattling defenses. “We should still be able to do what we normally do,” Martinson said. “It won’t speed things up for us.”
Norwich, as has been documented the past two weeks, has escaped with back-to-back overtime wins. Just a week ago, the Tornado did not put a point on the board in regulation play, but squeezed out enough offense on its first possession of overtime to score the game’s lone touchdown in a win over Susquehanna Valley.
For the season, Norwich is averaging just 11.2 points per game, while Oneonta is averaging over 10 points per quarter the last three contests. “Besides the fact that this is a huge rivalry game, this is an important game on our division schedule,” Martinson said. “Our number one goal is to win a division championship, and we don’t want to rely on someone needing to beat someone else. We want to control our own destiny.”
Martinson added that Norwich should be back at full strength on offense and defense as captains and starters, Andrew Austin and Christian Hotaling, should return to the lineup after missing the previous two games.