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Fifth Quarter

Posted Monday, October 14, 2013 by Mike Johnston
Fifth Quarter: Reviewing the weekend in Section 4 Football


The Oct. 26 contest between Elmira and Binghamton is shaping up as the one that will determine Section 4’s Division I football champion.

The two could be undefeated in divisional play coming into the matchup at Marty Harrigan Field on the Elmira Free Academy campus, depending on how Elmira and Binghamton fare in their respective games Friday against Ithaca and Corning.

Perhaps no one is more qualified than Vestal coach Tank Anderson to analyze the Express and Patriots, since his Golden Bears have taken on both teams this season. Elmira defeated Vestal 30-0 on Saturday. Two weeks earlier Binghamton got by the Golden Bears, 14-13.

First off, Anderson said he didn’t want to get into picking a winner— “I’ve got friends on both teams,” he quipped.

He did lay out a case for the Patriots.

“Binghamton can match up with them on the line,” Anderson said. “Binghamton also has some running backs who can turn it on. Their offensive line can grind it out.”

Yet he was also impressed with how the big-play Express ground out their own sustained drive to start the second half. Elmira used almost 6½ minutes to march 80 yards on 11 plays, essentially putting the game away.

“That’s what they’re capable of doing,” Anderson said. “If we could have made a quick stop, it could have changed momentum.”


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