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Express Tries to Dethrone Binghamton as Class AA Football Champion

Posted Friday, November 08, 2013 by Mike Johnston
Express tries to dethrone Binghamton as Class AA football champion

The Elmira Express is hoping to turn the tables on Binghamton.

Last year, the Patriots beat Elmira twice to claim the Section 4 Class AA title, including a 56-22 victory in the championship game.

Two weeks ago the Express rolled past Binghamton 32-14 to capture the Division I title and a first-round bye. Elmira can duplicate the Patriots’ season sweep Friday as the teams battle for the Class AA title at Union-Endicott’s Ty Cobb Stadium. Game time is 8 p.m.

“Binghamton is a great team. I think they’re going to come prepared,” Elmira coach Jimmy McCauley said. “I think they’re going to do a great job. It’s going to boil down to whose line is going to step up. ... I think it’s going to be old-school football.”

Elmira comes in with an 8-0 record and having won 12 of its past 13 games. Two-time defending Class AA champion Binghamton is 7-2, with its other loss coming to Maine-Endwell, 35-14, in Week 2.

McCauley said his team’s victory two weeks ago has no bearing on the rematch.

“For each game you’re trying to get better, trying to play better, trying to execute better,” he said. “We took that game, made the corrections, made the necessary adjustments, but now it is full focus on the game ahead of us.

“I’ve been telling these guys all along that quite honestly it doesn’t matter what we did in Week 8, it matters what we’re going to do in the championship game. These guys have done a great job of buying in, focusing all week and making sure they work hard.”

Elmira, ranked 20th in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association, averages 42.5 points per game. Most of the Express’ offense out of its double-wing base offense has come on the ground, with senior Eli Thomas and junior Jerry McPeak forming one of the most potent 1-2 threats in the state.

McPeak has carried 122 times for 1,274 yards and 16 touchdowns, with one receiving touchdown. Thomas has 84 carries for 908 yards and 15 touchdowns, with two receiving touchdowns and one each on kickoff, punt and interception returns.

Friday’s Game

WHO: Elmira (8-0) vs. Binghamton (7-2)
WHAT: Section 4 Class AA football championship game
WHEN: 8 p.m. today
WHERE: Union-Endicott’s Ty Cobb Stadium
AT STAKE: The winner will play either Syracuse CBA or Henninger in a state quarterfinal at 3:00 p.m. Nov. 16 at Binghamton Alumni Stadium
WEBCAST: www.rlmsports.net

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