Here’s some info on the teams Rye and Croton-Harmon will face for state championships this weekend at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. If you find any more, please pass along the link or share your knowledge:
Rye (12-0) vs. Section 3’s Oneida (11-1)
When: Sunday, 4 p.m.
Five things to know about Oneida
1. Oneida, which is located 30 minutes East of Syracuse, is enjoying its best season in school history. It had never won a sectional title before this year. It’s only loss was to Norwich, a Class B team from Section 4. Norwich went 5-3 in Section 4, including a loss to Chenango Forks, the school Rye has faced for the state title four times.
2. Quarterback Ryan Kramer has had a stellar season. He’s 80 for 133 passing for 1,635 yards and 19 touchdowns, and has rushed for 608 yards and 13 touchdowns. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for two in the state semifinal win over Bath. Oneida coach Bill Carcini recently called Kramer: “the best all-around quarterback — in terms of running and passing – that Oneida has ever had.”
3. The Oneida defense has shutouts in three of its five playoff games, and is allowing an average of 9.5 points per game. It hadn’t allowed more than 14 points in a game until the state quarterfinals. In that 27-21 win over Waverly, Oneida came up with a stop on its own 5 in the final minute to hold on for the upset.
4. There’s two big bodies on the defensive line: sophomore Brandon White, who’s 6-2, 296, and senior Will Jones, a 5-11, 352-pounder.
5. Oneida has a good receiver in Brandon Miles, a 5-11, 200-pounder who has caught 35 passes for 631 yards and 11 touchdowns. The best running back, Rick Rossi, had rushed for a team-leading 876 yards going into last week but could be questionable for the game. He reinjured his ankle in the third quarter and needed to carried off the field. According to a story I found online, he was walking afterward without a limp.
Early impressions: It’s hard to imagine anybody in Class B is going to be able to compete with the Rye machine I watched on Saturday night. Oneida had a few close games this season. But the fact that it lost to a middling team in Section 4 makes me wonder. The Syracuse region always has good football, so I’m not making any predictions until I know a little bit more this week.
For more information: The Syracuse Post Standard, led by the legendary Neil Kerr, covers Oneida football