October 24, 2008
SPRINGVILLE - The varsity boys don't have the only lock on playoff action this weekend. Both the Salamanca Warriors midget team and the Salamanca Sabers pee wee squad have their eyes on a CCMFL Superbowl crown this weekend (Warriors, Saturday 3 p.m. at Springville, Sabers Sunday 1:30 p.m. at Springville).
The Warriors (3-3), looking to atone for their only loss in 2007 in the title game, square off against Allegany-Limestone after running through the playoffs as the number eight seed.
"We're not the same team," said coach Tyler Heron. His team was placed in the "A" bracket and knocked off the previously undefeated number one seed Springville Bills and Randolph before reaching the title contest.
Meanwhile, the undefeated Sabers pee wees (8-0) took out Little Valley in the first round, then beat Springville in a scoreless double overtime nailbiter that came down to total yards to determine the winner.
For the Sabers against the Springville Colts, the title game is a return to glory for a group of youngsters who have only seen three losses and one tie in coach Jim Haley's three-year tenure. This marks the second Superbowl berth for the Sabers in three years, and a win will be their first since 1996, according to Haley.
For the Warriors, Mikaylynn Tinnerman has been, unfortunately, made unavailable due to an injury, but the team has QB Thomas Oldshield back from a broken knuckle earlier in the season. During that time, Jarrod Fish took over quarterbacking duties.
In addition, the backfield of Dalton Russell, Michael Morris, and Cyrus Spruce have helped pick up the slack after a sluggish start, including a loss to the Sabers earlier in the season. Coach Heron also credits multi-position player Tyler Martin with the team's resurgence. Martin has played defensive end, center, linebacker, and quarterback so far this year. Tyson Brown will also be a factor on the offensive line, as well as the "steady" influence of 12-year old Logan John catching passes down the stretch for the Warriors.
For the Sabers, look out for the running back trio of Kyler Printup, Marcus Zaprowski, and Tommy Easton to chew up yards. Coach Haley also credits the line play of Brad Stahlman, Marcus Cooper, Dylan Dowiasz, Chris Jimerson, and Jack Haley.