2018-01-09 / Sports

Four Area Gridders on All- State Class D First Team

BAILEY WOOD BAILEY WOOD BINGHAMTON — The New York State Sports Writers Association has named five area football players to its all-state team, four of whom made the first team on offense.

Sidney had two first selections, junior quarterback Darren Smith and sophomore receiver Liam Matthews.

Smith and Matthews led a high-powered offense that helped the Warriors reach the Section IV championship game. Smith, a quarterback, completed 156 of 254 passes for 2,766 yards and 30 touchdowns, as the team finished 8-2.

Matthews, an offensive end, was Smith’s top target, making 56 catches for 1,217 yards and 16 touchdowns.

“This is a testament to how hard they each worked, and it’s a tribute to the work they put in with the team,” stated Sidney Head Coach Jeff Matthews. This is a great accomplishment for them as individuals, but also for the team as a whole.”

LIAM MATTHEWS (L) AND DARREN SMITH (R) LIAM MATTHEWS (L) AND DARREN SMITH (R) Senior Bailey Wood of Walton made first team as an offensive lineman, but was a do-it-all player for the 4-5 Warriors. During the year, he played tight end, fullback, guard, linebacker, punter and kicker. On offense, he carried 80 times for 369 yards and six touchdowns, had one catch for 13 yards and also kicked three extra points. On defense, he had 95 tackles and a sack.

“Bailey did anything we needed him to do, and did them all exceptionally well,” commented Walton Head Coach Adam Hoover. “There is no doubt he is deserving of this honor.”

Harpursville/Afton’s Josh Wilson was named to the first team as an all-purpose player.

Bainbridge-Guilford senior Adam Ives received honorable mention as a lineman.

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