Remarkably, the Bears were the only Section III champion to win in the regional round as, in order, West Genesee (Class AA), Herkimer (Class C), Westmoreland (Class D) and East Syracuse-Minoa (Class A) all got eliminated.
As such, Chittenango carries the local football banner alone into Saturday's state Class B semifinal at 3 p.m. against Hornell at ESM Stadium. The winner plays Croton-Harmon or Schalmont in the state final Nov. 27 at the Carrier Dome.
Hornell, the two-time defending state champions riding a 36-game win streak (longest in the state), needed a late touchdown, two-point conversion and overtime to survive Alden 20-14. The Red Raiders are looking to give its long-time head coach, Gene Mastin, one more title before he retires at season's end.