Fox 40's Game of the Week: Susquehanna ValleyPosted: Updated:
Binghamton, N.Y. - Fox 40's game of the week highlights two undefeated Class C teams that haven't met on the grid iron since 2012. It was six years ago when Newark Valley defeated Susquehanna Valley 23-10. But, in 2018, the Cardinals will step on the field with the best defense in Section IV, allowing only 43 points on the season. On the other side of the ball, Susquehanna Valley's offense is second in Section IV putting 195 points on the board. Friday night's game brings the biggest test both teams have had to take so far this season with playoff implications on the line.
"Without a doubt. This is by far the biggest challenge to this date. Our division is on the line at this point. Playoff implications. It's a huge game for us" said Sabers head coach, Mike Ford.
For the last two years, Newark Valley has finished their regular season in class C with undefeated records. But, this year Susquehanna Valley came knocking on the door when they dropped down from class B, giving the Cardinals a run for their money.
"It's very crucial because there are eleven people on the field. Everyone's gotta come together, offense, defense, all special teams because one point can make a difference in this game" said Sabers quarterback, Jarred Freije.
Friday night's game won't just be of importance, it will also be historic for the Susquehanna Valley Sabers. They will play in their first home game under the lights in Saber's football history after getting a brand new turf field during the off season.
"We don't have to say much to get them motivated for the game. They're doing a big community night that night for the game. Gonna be a carnival atmosphere, it should be pretty electric" said Ford.
"it's been an important game and it's been hyping us up a little bit, getting us excited, with the lights, we have a lot of alumni coming back" Freije said.
The Susquehanna Valley CSD will host a Grand Opening and Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony before the 7:00 p.m game.
"They showed up early yesterday. Ready to go and ready to practice. Kids are ready to get out there and strap them up" said Ford.
Although the hype is real, these kids know better than to take a team like Newark Valley lightly.
"They're very disciplined. Well coached on both sides of the ball. They know what they want to accomplish on offense" Ford said.
"Pretty meticulous with staying with what they want to do. They come in knowing how to play football knowing what to do ad they're very good at it."
"All around good team. Good special teams, offense, defense, they put together well. Good team, so want to take them seriously and prepare for them" Freije said.
"It's definitely been more focused. More concentrated and doing what we want to do to win."
Susquehanna Valley hosts Newark Valley Friday at 7:00 p.m.