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The road to the state Class A championship for the Indian River football team begins Friday night.
The Warriors advanced after a 33-21 win over Carthage for the Section 3 Class A championship.
Next up is a meeting with Section 4 champ Vestal in state first-round play at 8 p.m. Friday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
"You know, on film they look very good -- any team that comes out of Section 4 is going to be an outstanding football team," Warriors coach Cory Marsell said. "They're always physical, they're always fast and well coached, so you know we gotta take care of what we do and play Indian River football."
"Watching film, they look like a pretty good team," player Kwazsi Gaddis said. "They're definitely beatable -- I'm pretty sure coach has a game plan right now."
The Warriors' ground game has been a key to their success all season with Gaddis rushing for 1,801 yards and Guillermo Rosario rushing for 1,393.
The dual threat backfield is one of the reasons the Warriors are a perfect 10-0 on the season.
"I think it's great, me and Kwazsi both, any game any of us can have a good game depending on each other and not just me, not just him," Rosario said.
Players and coaches are excited not only to have a chance to play for another state title, but to be playing football in November.
"It's a blessing to play another week, it's fun -- another week to be with these guys, another week to go out Friday nights and play football," player Garret Decker said. "I mean, there's a lot of guys around this area that don't get to do that and we do and it's a great time."
The Warriors are beginning a quest they hope will take them back to the Carrier Dome for the state Class A championship game Thanksgiving week.