Two high school football programs with plenty of tradition square off tonight (Friday) in Endicott as the Union-Endicott Tigers host the Chenango Forks Blue Devils at 7:00 PM (6:50 on News Radio 1290 WNBF).  Chenango Forks has carried on that tradition by winning three consecutive New York State Class C championships.  The Tigers hope to take a giant leap forward in regaining their winning tradition tonight.  Once one of the dominant large schools in the state they slumped to 2-7 last season.

The Forks rolled to a 55-12 win over the defending state Class D champs from Tioga Central last weekend at Chenango Forks.  The Blue Devils rang up 489 yards rushing with senior standout L.J. Watson accounting for 195 of them.

The Tigers stopped the Binghamton Patriots 20-12 last Friday night at Ty Cobb Stadium.  Josh Greenwood was the big gun for U-e gaining 193 yards on the ground.

This is the first football meeting in the modern era between the two schools.  U-E now competes in Class A with Chenango Forks in Class B.  For years U-E was a AA school while the Blue Devils were Class C.  Researcher and football enthusiast Richard Tylicki found that the two schools met on three different occasions in 1908 with U-E winning two of those three and the other contest resulting in a 5-5 tie. But since the inception of the different size classifications this will be a first tonight.

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