Plenty of changes are coming to New York State Section V Football.
18 Sports has learned that Section V football will go to new federation scheduling for the upcoming season. As a result, one of the area’s most storied rivalries will come to an end. Federation scheduling, when teams only play competition in their own classification, changes the immediate future of some area teams in the Twin Tiers.
Hornell, which plays in Class B, will not play Haverling-a Class C team-this upcoming year. The news was first reported by WVIN in Bath in an interview with new Haverling head coach, Matt Ford. In his first season at the helm, Ford takes over for longtime leader, Wayne Carroll, who took the Rams to a new level.
Carroll retired in October and was the head football coach of the Rams for 27 years. The move comes weeks after Carroll was put on a leave of absence this football season for personal reasons citing medical leave. The district says that Carroll did not indicate why he retired. 18 Sports reached out to contact coach Carroll at that time but our messages were not returned.
The loss of Carroll will undoubtedly leave a huge void in Section V football and the entire state. In his storied career, Carroll won five Section V titles and most notably, recorded four NYS Final Four appearances in 2001, 2002, 2008 and 2015. Carroll’s Rams also made the state quarters in 2003.
The new federation scheduling format will undoubtedely change the future of the game along with the loss of Carroll at coach. Full schedules will be released in the coming months, stick with 18 Sports for the latest.