2003 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 3 vs Oneonta -  CF wins 30-14!


Preview and game articles courtesy of the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin 
and the Oneonta Daily Star 

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Post-game article from Oneonta paper included and is after the Press article.

Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin  Staff Reports -  

Junior Tim Batty threw three touchdowns, kicked a field goal, had an interception and forced a fumble to lead Chenango Forks to a 30-14 victory over visiting Oneonta.

Oneonta scored the game's first points early in the first quarter when quarterback Andrew Brown connected with Mike Konstanty on a 10-yard touchdown pass.

Then Forks, and Batty, took over.

With Oneonta playing nine defenders near the line of scrimmage, Forks, which usually uses an option on offense, went to the air. Batty found Ten Farnham on a screen pass that went for 24 yards, and Forks scored later on Joe Babcock's 2-yard run.

Batty kicked a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter. In a drive later in the period, Forks found itself with a fourth down on Oneonta's 25-yard line. Batty threw a pass to the corner of the end zone where Oneonta's Konstanty appeared to knock the ball to the ground. But Zach Vredenbaugh dove to scoop the ball up before it hit for a score. Batty's kick gave Forks a 17-6 lead at the half.

Monday, September 22, 2003

Jackets bounced by Forks, 30-14

Big plays hurt OHS

By P.J. Harmer - Contributing Writer - Oneonta Daily Star

ONEONTA Tim Batty may haunt Oneonta for the rest of the season.

Quarterback Batty did just about everything right to lead undefeated Chenango Forks past Oneonta, 30-14, Saturday night at Lloyd Baker Field.

"That's Batty," Chenango Forks coach Kelsey Green said of the junior, who made a huge defensive play, kicked a field goal and punted for the Blue Devils. "Offensively, defensively, punter, kicker he's just a special kid."

Batty clinched the Section Four Football Conference non-division meeting for Chenango Forks (3-0), who has ended Oneonta's season in the playoffs the last two seasons.

The Jackets (1-2) had seven minutes left and the ball at midfield facing the 30-14 deficit. After three incompletions, OHS coach Art Rigas opted to go for it on fourth-and-10.

Oneonta quarterback Andrew Brown found senior Joe Hughes streaking across the middle and hit him in stride. As Hughes got inside the 10-yard line, he stiff-armed one Forks defender closing on his right.

Batty then charged in from the left and chopped the ball loose. It bounced into the end zone, where Ben Farnham smothered it for a Forks touchback.

"That had to be (the biggest point in the game)," Green said. "All the momentum was swinging, that's a touchdown for them.

"If we can stop their two (-point conversion) we're OK," he continued, "but if not, it's a one-score game and with six minutes to go, it's anybody's ballgame."

That wasn't the only big play that hurt Oneonta.

Leading, 10-6, Forks drove inside Oneonta territory but got stuck at the OHS 25. On fourth-and-9, Batty lofted a ball to Farnham with Mike Konstanty of the Jackets playing man-to-man. Konstanty tipped it away, but Zach Vredenbaugh slid under the ball for a touchdown reception.

"We had a couple of bad breaks," Rigas said. "It's fourth (down) and we tell Konstanty to knock it down. He knocks it down and there happens to be a Forks kid sliding underneath it. It was a one-in-a-million play. To their credit, they were getting to the ball and that's why plays like that happen."

Oneonta scored the first touchdown with 744 left in the opening quarter. That marked the first points scored against Forks this season.

The first three drives ended with turnovers as Chenango Forks and OHS fumbled away their first possessions. Oneonta took over at its 45 with an interception on CF's second possession, setting up the first touchdown.

Joffre Alvarez gained 40 yards on first down with the Devils' Steve Samson saving a touchdown. Three plays later, Brown found Konstanty in the back of the end zone.

"(Konstanty) is such a weapon for them," Green said. "We knew we were going to have a real tough time shutting him down, and we didn't shut him down."

Forks took a 7-6 lead on Joe Babcock's 2-yard run with 301 left in the first period. Batty kicked a 36-yard field goal for a 10-6 lead early in the second quarter.

Forks got comfortable with a 13-0 third quarter as Batty threw two touchdown passes.

"Timmy made a couple of nice throws," Green said. "All week we were trying to figure out how we were going to score. Up front, they are physical, tough people. They made us earn every inch."

Batty finished with 162 yards passing, compared to Brown's 143.

"They kind of caught us off guard with their passing game a little bit," Rigas said. "Forks is traditionally a run, run, run team and tonight they went to the air and were successful."

1 2 3 4   Tot
Chenango Forks 07 10 13 00 - 30
Oneonta 6 0 0 8 - 14
  • O  - Brown 10 pass to Konstanty (kick failed)
  • CF - Babcock 2 run (Batty kick)
  • CF - Batty 36 field goal
  • CF - Batty 25 pass to Vredenbaugh (Batty kick)
  • CF - Batty 44 pass to Vredenbaugh (Batty kick)
  • CF - Batty 18 pass to Chier (kick failed)
  • 0  - Brown 13 to Hughes (Brown pass to Konstanty)


Oneonta CF
First Downs 5 12
Rushes-Yards 17-45 44-221
Passing Yards 143 162
Comp-Att-Int 11-21-1 7-12-1
Total Offense 38-188 56-383
Punts-Ave yards 5-29 3-36
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 3-0
Penalties-Yards 6-54 9-65


Oneonta rushing:  

  • Alvarez 6-37
  • Chicorelli 4-8
  • Jackman 1-5
  • Rumenapp 5-0
  • Konstanty 1-(-5).

Chenango Forks rushing:  

  • Babcock 23-149, 1 TD
  • O'Branski 3-35
  • Batty 8-25
  • Chier 5-13
  • Lucas 1-1
  • Farnham 4-(-2)

Oneonta passing

  • Brown 11-for-21, 143 yards, 1 int, 2 TDs

Chenango Forks passing: 

  • Batty  7-for-12, 162 yards, 1 int, 3 TDs

Oneonta receiving: 

  • Hughes 3-39, 1 TD
  • Konstanty 4-73, 1 TD
  • Alvarez 2-24
  • Rumenapp 2-9

Chenango Forks receiving:  

  • Vredenbaugh 5-120, 2 TDs
  • Chier 1-18, 1 TD
  • Farnham 1-24

JV Score: CF 33-0

Preview articles:

by Rob Centorani - The Oneonta Daily Star

Revenge game ... again
So what if Chenango Forks had to replace 21 of 22 starters from a team that went to a Class B state title game a year ago.

The Blue Devils are 2-0 this season and have yet to allow a point heading into Friday's game at Oneonta.

Last week, they beat Norwich, 14-0. This is the same Purple Tornado squad that by most accounts had the better of play against Walton in their preseason scrimmage.

Forks has ended OHS' season the past two years and has won three straight games against the Yellowjackets by a combined score of 120-28.

"This is a good Chenango Forks team," Rigas said. "They're disciplined and well-coached, but they play a lot of juniors. They're not as good as last year's team, but that team was unbelievable."

Quarterback Tim Batty is the returning starter from last year and Rigas said he is dangerous running Forks' option.

Blue Devils coach Kelsey Green said OHS reminds him of the 2001 Yellowjackets team that went 8-2 and lost to Forks, 25-14, in the Section Four Class B title game.

"We saw the game against B-G/A and that could have gone either way without the turnovers," Green said of OHS, which had five turnovers and lost a muffed punt. "(Joffre) Alvarez is quick; the quarterback (Brown) throws the ball very well and Konstanty is a man amongst boys. They have a lot of weapons on offense."

With heavy rain in the forecast Friday because of Hurricane Isabel, the premium on turnovers will be even higher.

"We have to hold onto the football," said Rigas, whose team has lost five fumbles in the first two games.

The last time the teams played at Oneonta, the Yellowjackets beat Forks, 21-14, in a mistake-filled game in 2000.

Limiting turnovers, handling weather key for Oneonta against CF

Press & Sun-Bulletin

One team makes regular use of the forward pass, the other fancies the option game -- which spells potential trouble given the foul weather forecast for tonight throughout the northeast.

And so it will be paramount for both Oneonta and Chenango Forks to put a premium on sure possession of the football when the two meet in a non-league game at 7 tonight on the Oneonta's home turf.

Forks (2-0) has yet to yield a point, with its pair of home-field victories coming over reigning Section 4 Class A champion Elmira Free Academy and Class B runner-up Norwich. The Yellowjackets dropped to a 1-1 record with last week's 26-19 setback against Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton.

"Forks is just a very well-coached football team," Oneonta coach Art Rigas said. "Their defense is where it's supposed to be every play, and they don't give up the big plays. They're a football factory down their, kind of like Walton. They just re-load."

The young man at the controls of Forks' offense is junior quarterback Tim Batty. Three of his eight pass completions have gone for touchdowns, and he has rushed for 122 yards and another TD.

Oneonta, whose linebacking crew has absorbed more than its share of early-season injuries, must avoid lapsing into the likes of the sloppy play on display in the second half against BGA. The 'Jackets ran eight plays in the third quarter, fumbling once and throwing an interception. Oneonta had another pass picked off on the third play of the final quarter.

"If we want to be in this game, we've got to take care of the football," Rigas said. "And we've got to take away the big play. Forks certainly has big-play capability and that's what hurt us against BGA."

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