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When the Owego football team opens the 2023 season at Newark Valley this afternoon there will be two sets of brothers from the same family involved.

This may not seem like a historical moment — it may very well not be — however, it is a special moment for me as my journalism career inches closer to an end.

My second-eldest nephew, Patton Taylor, makes his debut as the River Hawks’ head coach while my youngest nephew, Conlan Taylor, will most likely see plenty of action at running back and linebacker.

The other set of brothers, who won’t get the exposure that Patton and Conlan will, are their father, Scot, and myself. Scot will be up in the booth as Owego’s defensive coordinator while I will be roaming the sidelines with my camera and notepad.

Another interesting tidbit — Scot (and my other brother Mike) played on Section IV’s very first 10-0 football team in 1980 when Tioga defeated NV, 14-13, in what was a battle for the ages. The game was played at Owego.

I don’t know if Mike will be attending the game, but I’m pretty sure there will be several other Taylors present.

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