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Coach: Tim Mattingly, seventh season.
2011 record: 6-2.
Opener: 7 p.m. Saturday at Seton Catholic Central (at Binghamton Alumni Stadium).
Key returners: Senior quarterback Corbin Palmer; senior tight end Austin Bauerle; senior running back Jake Mazzarella; senior lineman Chris Puerile; senior running Tyler Ouimet; senior lineman Bobby Holden; senior lineman Tyler Johnson.
Key losses: Billy Holden, Ryan Porter, Austin Wheeler, Dalton Johnson.
Etc.: The Bobcats’ lone losses last season came to Walton, including a 28-18 setback in a Section Four Class D semifinal. … Palmer threw for 775 yards and 10 TDs last season. Bauerle had 16 receptions for 169 yards and four TDs. … Billy Holden, The Daily Star’s Player of the Year last season, and Porter were all-state selections in 2011. … Beat SCC, 26-20, last season in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal.
Coach: Dave Kelly, 47th season.
2011 record: 1-7.
Opener: 1:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Liberty.
Key returners: Junior lineman Tyler Cumpston; junior running back Brian Ingram; senior quarterback Ben Denison; junior running back Ryan Telian; senior receiver Brandon Simonds; junior receiver Noah DeDominicis; junior lineman Kenz Mattice; senior tight end Austin Gullow.
Brandon Snyder, Micah Scobie.
Etc.: Low roster numbers plus injuries equaled a difficult 2011 season for the Bulldogs. Kelly said he has 25 players this season, including 11 juniors — most of whom played last season. … Ingram rushed for a team-high 480 yards last season. … DeDominics contributed 115 yards on 10 catches. … Will play in Division VIII of the Section Four Football Conference with rival Walton, Harpursville and Deposit/Hancock.
Coach: Adam Hoover, seventh season.
2011 record: 4-3.
Opener: 7 tonight vs. Sidney at Norwich.
Key returners: Senior quarterback Brendan Lord; senior running back Scott Conrade; sophomore running back Skylar Thompson; senior lineman Cory Corkwell; senior lineman Dylan Rushton; senior lineman Taharen Williams; senior running back Jonathan Vega.
Key losses: Bryce Wooden, Marcus Delgado, Mike Vergari, Mark Cole.
Etc.: The Yellowjackets won their final three games last season. … Lord threw for 830 yards and eight TDs as a junior. … The speedy Thompson had more than 500 all-purpose yards a season ago. … Barely missed qualifying for the Class B playoffs last season, finishing tied at 2-1 with Norwich and Chenango Valley in Division III of the Section Four Football Conference but losing out on a tiebreaker. … Last season, Wooden led the team in rushing and tackles, and Delgado was the team’s top receiver.
Coach: Jeff Matthews, 17th season.
2011 record: 4-4.
Opener: 7 tonight vs. Oneonta at Norwich.
Key returners: Senior running back Nate McDonald; junior quarterback Patrick Vibbard; senior linebacker Brandon Walters; senior lineman Collin Brandl; sophomore lineman Austin Dean; senior receiver Mike Ward; senior running back Damian Zimmer.
Key losses: Cody Bourn, Tyler Budine.
Etc.: Opener against Oneonta had to be moved to Norwich because Sidney’s field has not recovered from last year’s flood. … The Warriors have 16 seniors on their roster and figure to be a contender in Division V of the Section Four Football Conference — one that includes perennial power Chenango Forks and Greene. … McDonald led balanced rushing attack with 334 yards last season. Also played linebacker and handled Warriors’ kicking duties.
Coach: Daryl Decker, first season.
2011 record: 2-7.
Opener: 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at Oxford
Senior linebacker Kody Homann; senior running back Justin Hofer.
Key loss: Brandon Miles.
Etc.: First-year coach Decker isn’t the only change for UV/E, which also has dropped from Class C to Class D. It will play in Division VII with Unatego, Bainbridge-Guilford and Oxford. … Homann and Hofer each rushed for more than 300 yards last season. ... UV/E will be idle in Week 1 as its opener at Deposit/Hancock scheduled for tonight was canceled because D/H does not have enough players.
Coach: Frank Microni, third season.
2011 record: 5-4.
Opener: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Chenango Forks.
Key returners: Senior quarterback Tyler Butler; senior center Jordin Mayo; senior fullback Kevin Thayer; senior running back David VanAlstine; junior running back Kellen Komenda.
Key losses: Tanner Carley, Cody Smith, Jake Jones, Isaiah Johnson.
Etc.: Third Team all-state selection Butler threw for more than 800 yards and rushed for better than 500 in leading the Spartans to a bounce-back season after Unatego went 1-8 in 2010. … Dropped from Class C to Class D this season and will play with Unadilla Valley, Bainbridge-Guilford and Oxford in Division VII of the Section Four Football Conference. … Opens season against Class C Chenango Forks, which fell to Unatego, 21-0, last season.
Coach: Jim Hoover, 37th season.
2011 record: 8-1.
Opener: 1:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Oxford.
Key returners: Senior running back Mike Beers; senior quarterback Dalton Kaminsky; senior running back Trevor Spencer; senior lineman Mike Hogan; senior lineman Joe Sinistore.
Key losses: Justin DiJiulio, Nick Shiels, Bob Albro, Fred Babcock, Mel Kerstetter.
Etc.: Hoover ranks fifth in the state in coaching victories and needs 11 more to reach 300. He’s Section Four’s all-time winningest coach, with Delhi’s Dave Kelly second at 265. … Beers rushed for 1,054 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. … Kaminsky, Beers and Trevor Spencer give the Warriors experience in the backfield, but Hoover said depth could be an issue on the line. … Advanced to Section Four Class D title game last season, falling, 19-18, to Tioga.
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Coach: Mark Segina, first season.
2011 record: 0-8.
Opener: 1 p.m. Saturday at New York Mills.
Key returners: Senior running back Jacob Miller; senior fullback Kevin Segit; senior quarterback Sawyer Haney; senior receiver Noah Sims; senior lineman John Brown; senior running back Lucas Lyons.
Etc.: Difficult 2011 season included problems on and off field. … Miller led team with 62 tackles last season en route to Daily Star First Team All-Star honors. ... First-year coach Segina said he plans to find ways to get the ball in Miller’s hands this season.