Whitesboro football hoping magical season continues

Whitesboro football has made history.

For the first time ever, the Warriors have won three straight sectional titles after coming away with a convincing 34-14 victory over Indian River.

"Last year we went 11-1 to set a school record," senior running back Phil Gilberti said.  "To imagine being apart of a team that breaks another record is truly amazing."

Whitesboro's road was a bumpy one with 13 starters missing time due to injury and the team nearly missing the playoffs for the first time in three decades.

"I didn't think that we were ever going to miss the playoffs," senior running back Zach Hoage said.  "I always assumed that we were capable of it.  The ball was put in our court and we took advantage."

Indian River has been a powerhouse program over the past two seasons, losing just three over that span, but all three losses have come against Whitesboro.

"They're a good team and we prepare well for them," head coach Tom Schoen said.  "Both teams are Warriors and you have to watch out for them every time you play them."

Whitesboro is once again headed back to the state playoffs where they'll face Union-Endicott on Friday night at Union-Endicott's home field.

"It's just a football field," Schoen said.  "It wouldn't matter if we played in a parking lot, here, there or halfway in between.  The kids will forget where they're playing as soon as they get going."

The odds may be stacked against the Warriors, but that isn't phasing them as they pursue a state title.

"Indian River was 7-0 when we beat them to end the regular season," Gilberti said.  "They were supposedly even more tough in the sectional finals, but we proved them wrong so the sky's the limit for us."

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