Grid Preview: Looking at the playoff possibilities

This is the week where some situations need to line up for some area football teams in order to make the playoffs, while Norwich just needs to win its remaining two league games to return to the Class B playoffs. Here are a look at the playoff possibilities for the six local grid outfits:

Bainbridge-Guilford: The Bobcats beat Oxford in the regular season meeting two weeks ago, but are rooting hard for the Blackhawks to win tonight against Walton. If B-G and Oxford win out in division play, it could create a three-way tie for second place along with Walton. At that point, it comes down to tiebreaker scenarios, and that may favor B-G.

≠Greene: With one division loss to UV-Edmestonalready in the books, the Trojans need to win out in division play for any chance to reach the postseason. That would include victories over state-ranked Chenango Forks this week, and state-ranked Sidney over back-to-back weeks. No easy task indeed. The Trojans also need UV-Edmeston to lose its final division game to Chenango Forks next week.

Norwich: Outside of Chenango Valley, every team in Norwich’s division has one loss – including the Purple Tornado. As stated above, if Norwich beats Windsor this week and Oneonta next week – each road games – the Tornado advance to the Class B playoffs for a second straight season.

Oxford: Best-case scenario for Oxford is that it beats Walton, then tops Harpursville next week to finish in a tie for second-place in Class D’s Division VII. If Delhi tops B-G this week and Oxford wins out, there is a good chance the Blackhawks may make the playoffs.

Sherburne-Earlville: With S-E trailing Section III, Class C South division leaders Canastota and Westmoreland by two games with one division game left, the Marauders are out of the playoff race.

UV-Edmeston: UV-Edmeston has the difficult task of needing to beat Chenango Forks next week to increase its chances of making the playoffs. It’s a huge turnaround for the Storm, though, who have never talked Class C playoffs this late in the season, and are one win away from picking up the school’s first winning season since 2004.

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