By: Tim Birney | NTL Sports | August 25, 2018 | Photo courtesy Tim Birney
ATHENS — If Athens coach Jack Young was to make a movie about an Athens football game it would have played out much like the Wildcats' season-opening, 38-6, non-league win over Hanover Area here Friday night at Alumni Stadium.
The Wildcats forced a fumble on the second play of the game, and junior Keegan Rude pounced on the loose ball at the Hanover Area 35.
Senior QB Kaden Rude opened the first Athens possession with a 12-yard toss to Keegan Rude. Junior Damian Hudson, who had an 11-yard run on the third play of the drive, capped the scoring march with a 2-yard TD run on the seventh play. Senior Aric Westbrook's first of five PAT kicks gave Athens a 7-0 lead with 8:18 left in the first quarter.
Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.
Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.
River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).