Division battles highlight grid contests this weekend

Through the first three weeks of the season, some – not all – of the area’s teams have found themselves in early-season division games. No games are more important than the intra-division, and without exception, every game this week has divisional implications. Without further hesitation, we jump into the five area games this weekend:

Greene (0-0, 2-1) at Unadilla Valley-Edmeston (0-0, 2-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Greene romped past UV-Edmeston a season ago by a whopping 61-0, and that came was halted early in the fourth quarter. No doubt, tonight’s game on the Storm’s home turf will not resemble last season’s rout.

“They’ve won two of three games, and they had an opportunity to win the other game,” said Greene coach Tim Paske. “They’re definitely a much different team from last year. They’re more motivated, and you see a difference in how they come off the ball and how they get after it.”

The Storm defense has made marked improvements defensively, and is allowing just 97 rushing yards a game. By contrast, the Trojans have the best rushing offense at 306 yards per game. “We have some veteran guys up front, and we think there are things we can take advantage of,” Paske said. “If we stick to the basics, we like our game plan.”

Greene has the area’s second leading rusher, Kurt Shear, who has 423 yards, and quarterback Keegan Cerwinski has 278 yards on the ground. The rest of offense is capable of putting up good numbers, too, Paske said.

UV-Edmeston won last week with special teams and defense. It managed just 100 yards of offense against Spencer-Van Etten, but a punt return for a score by Cody Homann provided the difference.

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