Medina to host Eden in Class C semi Friday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 5 May 2021 at 11:14 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina quarterback Xander Payne and his Mustang teammates will host Eden/North Collins in the semifinals of the Section VI Class C playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday at Vets Park.

Looking to keep the momentum from an undefeated (4-0) C North Division title run, No. 2 seed Medina will host No. 3 Eden/North Collins in the semifinal round of the Section VI Class C football playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday at Vets Park.

The other semifinal will have No. 4 Southwestern taking on C South Division foe Clymer/Sherman/Panama (CSP) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Clymer.

The two winners will meet in the championship game the following weekend.

Offensively, both Medina and Eden/North Collins have have found the end zone primarily via the air lanes.

Medina quarterback Xander Payne has thrown for 833 yards and 13 touchdowns including five to Tyler Chinn, three to Brian Fry, two to Joe Cecchini and one each to Iverson Poole, Jarin Rhim and Corey Saj. Fry also leads the Mustangs in rushing with 488 yards and four TDs.

Eden/North Collins signal caller CJ Sroda has likewise passed for 820 yards and 11 touchdowns including four to Hunter Stetz, three to Quinn Harrington and two each to Austin Sroda and Trevor Masocco. CJ Sroda also leads the Raiders in rushing with 241 yards and 2 touchdowns and Austin Sroda had picked up 178 yards and one TD.

The Mustangs defensive unit has also proven to be solid having allowed only seven points in four games.

Eden/North Collins won the C Central Division title with a 4-1 record.

The other semi is a matchup of two teams which shared the C South Division title at 4-0 as they  did not meet because of a Covid-19 related pause. CSP earned the top seed for the sectionals by a slender margin of a one point edge in power points over Southwestern 80-79.

It is also a matchup of perennial Southern Tier powers as CSP captured the state Class D championship during both the 2018 and 2019 seasons while Southwestern reached the state Class C semifinals in 2019.