High School Grid Notes

Patrick Newell

Rankings not that important
Greene’s football team moved into the state rankings after a week one victory Oxford, and ascended to number 11 among Class C teams after a 51-12 thumping of Greene two Fridays ago. While the ranking is a nice sign of respect for the Trojans’ football program, head coach Tim Paske is not hyping that accomplishment. “It doesn’t matter than much now, but the rankings will sort themselves out at the end of the season,” Paske said. “It’s good that we’re getting respect and people are noticing we are a good team. The kids who have come into the program have bought into our system, and have worked hard to become winners.”

Give him the ball
Travis Frank is the football version of a work horse. He is averaging over 20 carries per game on offense, far and away the busiest offensive running back on the youthful Oxford Blackhawks. He also spearheads the defense as a starting linebacker and leading tackler. “We’re young in some spots, and Travis is bridging the gap as we develop our players,” said Oxford coach Mike Chrystie. “We have young, athletic guys who are still finding their niche on the team. It’s a maturing process, and as they improve, their roles will increase.”

More receiving options for B-G
B-G head football coach Tim Mattingly was counting on Dustin Rutz as his top receiver entering the season. Rutz was injured in the opening game against UV-Edmeston, and tight end J.J. Banta was moved from the inside to a wideout position. Banta has delivered on every possible expectation and leads Chenango County receivers in catches, yards receiving, and touchdown receptions. Rutz is finally healthy and will play in Friday’s game against Hancock, and Mattingly plans to use both receivers as wideouts. “We’re so glad Dustin is back, and it was killing him to stand on the sidelines,” Mattingly said. “We need to be able to throw the ball, and now we have two threats. Our whole philosophy on offense is to put our playmakers in positions to be successful, and with Dustin and J.J. as receivers, it gives us more options.”