The third Friday Night Matchup of the high school football season features a rivalry that dates back to 1955. Homer will travel to Cortland Friday night at 7 p.m., a game you can see on Spectrum News.
The Trojans are coming off their first regular season loss since September of 2016. On the other side, the Purple Tigers won a hard-fought 8-6 battle over ITC last week.
Homer has dominated the series since 1987, coming away with 20 wins and just five losses in that time frame. Although the reigning section champs defeated Cortland 59-0 last year, they know the Purple Tigers will bring their A game on their home turf.
"I know that they’re going to have the greatest week of practice," Homer senior Chase Kiner said. "They just came off a win last week. They’re confident. They deserve it."
Over at Cortland, the Purple Tigers are ready to rise up to the challenge of their rival. The seniors on the squad have never gotten a win over Homer, although they came close in an overtime game two years ago.
"I get asked every day 'are you going to beat Homer?' and I just responded, 'it’s going to be a good game,' " said senior wideout Rory Hines.
At practices Wednesday, both teams said the atmosphere at Cortland will be electric. Tune in Friday to Spectrum News to watch. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.