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A special supplement to The Daily Star and the Cooperstown Crier on Thursday, September 10, 2009

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2009

OHS looking to take next step in Class B

Can Walton make it three straight?

Cory Hunter punts during Fridays game against Maine-Endwell at Lloyd F. Baker Field. Despite being shut out, 28-0, in their opener, the Yellowjackets seek a spot in the Section Four playoffs. OHS preview, Page 2

Star photo by Julie Lewis

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Waltons Phil Hanley rushed for 1,278 yards last season as Walton won its second straight Section Four Class D championship. The Warriors are back in Class C and will have to get through a brutal Division V schedule to win a third consecutive crown.See Walton preview on Page 18.

Star photo by P.J. Harmer

Time for next generation to step upOneonta High must rebound from graduations of several key playersBy P.J. Harmer Staff Writer The Daily Star and The Cooperstown Crier, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009Its time to see where the next generation of football players can take Oneonta High. OHS nished 4-5 last season but earned big victories over Chenango Forks and rival Norwich. The Yellowjackets have lost some key parts, however, in Daily Star Player of the Year Brendan Pidgeon and First Team AllStars Jon Lancto (offensive line), Dalton Smith (defensive line) and Matt Marcewicz (defensive back). Daily Star secondteamers Ian Kelley (defensive line) and Phil Wright (linebacker) also are gone. Pidgeon, a two-way starter who served as Oneontas go-to running back, rushed for 936 yards and 12 touchdowns on 161 carries in 2008. Now playing at the University of Rochester, Pidgeon also formed a hard-hitting tandem with Wright at linebacker last season and led OHS with 115 tackles. The big names may be history, but fourth-year OHS coach Adam Hoover said this years squad might be more wellrounded than last years team. Thats because the majority of this group has been in his system from the start. Its rare to get a guy with the size, speed and athleticism with what Brendan brought to the table last year, Hoover said. (The other backs) dont have all the parts he had, but put them together and they stack up pretty well. The line is crucial here, though, because those backs will need enough time to get things

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Senior Dan Broe returns at quarterback after leading Oneonta High to a 4-5 record last season. Broe completed 30 of 86 passes for 508 yards and three touchdowns last season, but he was intercepted nine times.going on offense. The same holds true for senior quarterback Dan Broe (5foot-11, 151 pounds), who completed 30 of 86 passes for 508 yards and three touchdowns last year. Broe, who was intercepted nine times in 2008, will have his top target back this season. Senior Kasey Hogan (6-4, 163) caught six passes for 167 yards last year, but he may have more chances this time around as Hoover said the Jackets plan to go to the air a little more. We think (Broe) can add a little to our offense, not only with his arm but with his ability to run, Hoover said. We think we can get some guys the ball out in space. We think we can cause some problems for teams. We want to throw more, he continued. We have three guys, who if we can get the ball to them, they can go. If we get Broe some time, I think we can throw it around a little bit. ... Ideally, if were able to do it, I could see us throwing 15-20 times a game. Thats pending we can have the protection. Broe threw 20 times Friday night but completed six for 95 yards in a 280 loss to visiting MaineEndwell that opened the Section Four Football Conference season for both teams. The offensive line had an up-and-down night as Broe had lots of time or hardly any at all to throw. They did a good job pressuring us, but we also made some mental mistakes on the protection where we were sliding and one guy forgot, Hoover said. He noticed it right away, but by the time you take your step, its too late. We also had some passes I think well normally catch. Oneonta has some time to get ready for its Division III schedule, which features Chenango Valley, Norwich, Susquehanna Valley and Windsor. And last years wins over perennial power Chenango Forks and longtime rival Norwich only improved the teams outlook for 2009, Hoover said. It gives us condence, but at the same time, we have to know we have See NEXT on Page 3

Photo by Cheryl Clough

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NextContinued from Page 2 to work hard, Hoover said. Those wins didnt come easy and we have to be prepared to work to get those types of wins. That showed us we can compete with anybody out there, which is a good thing. The step we have to take is we have to play the full 48 minutes, he said. Last year we played well for a half or three quarters, and once for even 46 minutes. We have to play all of them. ... Weve been talking about nishing games. If we do that, its not a stretch to see us in the playoffs. If we dont do that, we could have not-so-good of a year. Division play begins in Week Four for the Jackets, which gives their offensive line time to mature. Senior David Schulte (62, 189), a Daily Star secondteamer last year, anchors the offensive line at right guard. Jesse Wolf-Gould (6-5, 275), who started at tackle last year, takes over at center and senior Pat Jeffries (5-10, 164) will be at left guard. Senior Buddy Bemis (6-2, 232) and senior Derek Wright (61, 191) are battling for the lefttackle spot, but senior Kenny Smith (5-10, 241) seems to have right tackle all to himself. Senior halfbacks Doug DiMartin (5-10, 153) and Cory Hunter (6-0, 169) will start in the backeld, and senior Justin Borggreen (5-9, 170) and junior Logan Pondolno (5-9, 152) should see plenty of time at halfback. Sophomore Bryce Wooden (6-2, 196), senior Ian Clemons (59, 144) and junior Zach Vaccaro (5-8, 183) are also options to run the ball. Junior Michael Gilmore (6-4, 194), who caught three passes for 71 yards last season, also is back and will join Hogan as a tight end. Hoover said sophomore Anthony Delgado (6-0, 175) also will see time as a tight end. They can catch and if they can get in space, they can run pretty well, Hoover said. Wooden and Delgado will take over for Pidgeon and Wright at inside linebacker, where junior Dan Hodne (6-0,

We want to throw more. ... I think we can throw it around a little bit. ... Ideally, if were able to do it, I could see us throwing 15-20 times a game. Thats pending we can have the protection.The Daily Star and The Cooperstown Crier, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

Fourth-year Oneonta High football coach Adam Hoover

Oneonta High center Jesse Wolf-Gould gets ready to snap the ball to Dan Broe during an August practice at Oneonta High. The relatively new offensive line should make or break Oneonta this season.206) will be in the mix. We dont have that leadership at linebacker, Hoover said. But we have guys who are condent. ... They are a little tentative when it comes to making defensive calls. That will come with experience. Theyll gain the condence. Schulte, Borggreen and Jeffries will be at either end. Hoover said hes hoping to rotate the three in the two defensive end spots to keep them fresh. Junior Dakota Smith (6-1, 195) will be at left tackle. Senior Thomas Neapolitano (6-1, 206), Vaccaro and junior Dave Johnson (5-11, 256) could all see time at right tackle. Oneontas outside linebackers will be Gilmore and Hunter. DiMartin and Pondolno will play cornerback, with Clemons also seeing time. Hogan is at safety. Defensively, we have experience all around except the two middle linebackers, Hoover said. If those guys play the way they can and take care of their responsibilities, theyll do a nice job. There will probably be some growing pains, but youll have that. P.J. Harmer can be reached at pharmer@thedailystar.com or 607-432-1000, ext. 229.

Star photo by Brit Worgan

The Daily Star and The Cooperstown Crier, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

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Pepper looks to shake things up for B-GQB should be in spotlight all seasonThe Daily Star and The Cooperstown Crier, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 By P.J. Harmer Staff WriterJustin Peppers job got a little bigger this year for Bainbridge-Guilford. A senior quarterback, Pepper will be in the backeld with some new faces as speedy running back Dustin Ross and fullback Brad Hurlburt _ both Daily Star First Team All-Stars last year _ have graduated. But Pepper seems to have entered the season ready to accept the challenge, fourth-year B-G coach Tim Mattingly said. Pepper, who stands at 6-foot2, came into practice this year at 205 pounds. Mattingly said thats 15 pounds heavier than last season. He runs the show on offense, and on defense, hes our middle linebacker, Mattingly said of Pepper, who earned Daily Star second-team honors for his defense last season. He has shown great leadership and hes the main cog in our machine. We need him to be successful. ... Hes a stud. The Bobcats, 5-4 a season ago, are looking to build off the success of a Section Four Football Conference Class D playoff appearance. The seminal berth didnt go too well, however, as

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He runs the show on offense, and on defense, hes our middle linebacker. He has shown great leadership and hes the main cog in our machine. We need him to be successful. ... Hes a stud. B-G coach Tim Mattingly on senior quarterback Justin PepperB-G was on the losing end of a 38-0 thumping by eventual state seminalist Walton. Still, reaching the postseason had positive effects on the team. Our goal is to get to the playoffs, Matt