July 24, 2008


Groton has new division

With new enrollment numbers for reference, Section 4 Football Conference officials have once again realigned the divisions for the upcoming 2008 season.
With 47 total teams, the biggest shift was seen in the smallest class and has Groton in a new division.
There are 16 Class D schools with an enrollment of 280 or less, those figures based on students in grades 10-12. Groton — the defending Division VII champion after going 7-0 in league play and 8-1 overall in 2007 — is now in Division IX with former league foes Elmira Heights Edison and Spencer-Van Etten, plus Tioga, who drops down from Class C.
Division X includes 2007 Division VII runner-up Candor along with other former Division VII schools Moravia, Newfield and Odessa-Montour.
Division VII in 2008 is made up of 2007 Class D state champion & Division VI champion Walton, along with other former Division VI schools Harpursville and Oxford, plus former Division VII school Binghamton Seton Catholic.
Division VIII includes former Division VI schools Bainbridge-Guilford, Delhi, Deposit and Hancock.

  • In Class C, there are two divisions and eight schools for 2008. Division V has defending Division V champion Unatego along with Greene and Sidney returning, plus former independent Unadilla Valley.
    Division VI will hold former Division V teams Lansing and Trumansburg, plus Elmira Notre Dame and Whitney Point, who both dropped from Class B.
    The other two Class C Schools from 2007, Newark valley and Watkins Glen, have both opted to play independent schedules in 2008 while rebuilding.
  • Dryden High will remain a Class B school in 2008. The Purple Lions (2-3, 2-7 overall) remain in Division IV with Owego, Southern Springs and 2007 champion Waverly while Susquehanna Valley moves from Division III into Division IV.
    The rest of the Class B schools remain in Division III, including 2007 champion and state runner-up Chenango Forks, Chenango Valley, Norwich, Oneonta and Windsor.
  • In Class AA and Class A there is only one change. Division I (Class AA) will lose one school as 2007 champion Union-Endicott, Binghamton, Horseheads and Ithaca, under new head coach and former Lansing top dog Ed Redmond, remain.

Division II (Class A) returns champion Maine-Endwell, plus Corning East, Corning West, Elmira Free Academy, Elmira Southside and Johnson City, with former AA school Vestal, dropping down to Class A.
Opening weekend is Sept. 5-7. Groton will host Southern Springs in non-league action under the Ross Field lights at 7 p.m. on Friday night (Sept. 5) while Dryden will entertain Lansing.
IN SYRACUSE, the High School Kickoff Classic will have one game inside the Carrier Dome Sept. 5 as Sandy Creek meets Bishop Grimes in a Section 3, Class D West match-up at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, Sept. 7, there will be four intersectional games starting with Ithaca High and Section 3’s Oneida at 10 a.m. At 12:30 pm., Horseheads will meet Carthage from Section 3 in a Class AA-A match-up with Binghamton battling Fayetteville-Manlius from Section 3 in a Class AA contest at 3 p.m. Section 3, Class B power Westhill will close out the day by facing Bishop Kearney, a Class C school from Section 5, at 5:30 p.m.