Grid preview: S-E poised for winning season

Until the final game of last season, Sherburne-Earlville had gone almost four entire seasons without earning a road victory. That streak ended with a season-ending victory over Morrisville-Eaton, and after a 2-2 spell in road games this season capped by a rout of Clinton, the Marauders have now won three of the last five contests on enemy turf. With two home clashes left in division play, the Marauders have an excellent opportunity to post their first winning season in five years.

“Last week was an important win in the league, and we needed to get some confidence going with our offense,” said second-year S-E mentor, Mike Jasper, who also noted the significance of the two road victories. “The biggest thing now is showing we can be consistent week to week.”

Defense has kept the Marauders in nearly every game with the exception an opening-day blowout loss to playoff-bound Canastota. Careless mistakes and bad breaks have played key roles in S-E’s other two losses – defeats that may keep S-E from qualifying for the playoffs.

“Because of the changes in Section III, we would need some help at this point to make the postseason,” Jasper said. “Right now, we are focusing on taking care of things that we control, and that means winning each contest one at a time.”

Tonight, S-E plays just its second home game of the season when it entertains Little Falls, who are 0-5 on the season with nary a close game.

Little Falls has given up 40 or more points four times, and its closest game was a 33-20 loss Herkimer. “One thing you notice about (Little Falls) is that they are big and physical up front,” Jasper said. “They also run a bunch of different offensive formations including several spread sets.”

S-E came into last week’s game with Clinton with just 25 points on the board in four games, while averaging well under 200 yards of offense a game. Versus Clinton, the Marauders more than doubled their average yardage racking up 365 total years, while putting up 35 points. Will Slentz, last year’s leading rusher in Chenango County, had his best game of the season totaling 134 yards. Greg DuVall and Corey Musician also had nice performances behind a reshuffled offensive line combining for 131 yards and two TDs.

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