Press & Sun-Bulletin -
mastery of CV
win streak at 9 straight vs. Warriors
BY MIKE MANGAN
Press & Sun-Bulletin
CHENANGO FORKS --
A healthy dose of Joe Babcock as well as a stellar defensive
performance was more than enough for Chenango Forks to sustain
its winning ways against rival Chenango Valley.
Babcock ran 27 times for 151
yards and a touchdown, and the Blue Devils defense shut down the
visiting Warriors in a 21-7 non-league football victory
It was the ninth straight
victory over CV (2-2) for Forks (4-0), which took control of the
game with a pair of touchdowns late in the first half.
The first of those two
touchdowns came courtesy of Babcock. He carried all five
times on Forks' five-play, 55-yard drive, scoring on a 1-yard
run with 6:12 left in the second quarter to give Forks a 14-0
CV, which had mustered just one
first down on its first three drives, finally got a big play on
offense when John Cirba broke through the line for a 40-yard run
to Forks' 40-yard line.
But the next few plays were
indicative of the type of day it would be for the Forks defense.
On first-and-10 from the Forks
40, CV running back Josh Davidson was stopped for no gain.
Then, quarterback Nate Andrus
was sacked for a 3-yard loss by Matt Stephens before a screen
pass from Andrus to receiver Rick Connors went for an 11-yard
loss, putting CV in a fourth-and-24 situation from its 46.
CV tried to punt, but the snap
went over punter Kevin Ling's head. Ling recovered the ball and
tried to throw a pass that went incomplete.
Forks took over on the CV 46,
and six plays later scored on Tim Batty's 21-yard touchdown pass
to Ben Farnham with 1:06 left in the second quarter, giving
Forks a 21-0 lead.
"That was a big
play," Forks coach Kelsey Green said of the touchdown pass.
"It was tough to throw the ball with the wind howling, but
he made a nice throw to Farnham, and he made a nice cut to get
to the end zone.
"With a three-touchdown
lead at the half, we obviously were in good shape."
Forks wasn't as sharp
offensively in the second half, but its defense took care of
CV didn't score until Andrus
hit Connors on a 9-yard touchdown pass with with 3:19 left in
the game. CF took over on its own 20 after the ensuing kickoff
and managed to run out the clock.
It was a far better performance
for CV than its 40-2 loss to Forks in last year's contest at
Binghamton Alumni Stadium, but it wasn't nearly enough Saturday.
"I'm disappointed with the
loss, but I'm not disappointed with the play," CV coach
Gary Scutt said. "I like the way we hung together. We could
have folded up and had it be a 42, 45-point game.
"The credit goes to CF,
they're incredible. They're an outstanding football team."
Though an underdog coming into
this year's game, CV's 2-1 start had its fans believing that,
with a few breaks, this could be the year that its losing streak
to Forks would come to an end.
But the opening drive set the
tone for the game. With the wind at its back, CV kicked the ball
out of bounds, giving Forks the ball on its 35.
"We deferred the kickoff,
we wanted the wind, and then we kick it out of bounds. That's
bad, that's awful," Scutt said.
The Blue Devils then embarked
on a 14-play, 65-yard drive -- all the plays coming on the
ground -- that chewed up six minutes before Jason Chier scored
on a 15-yard run that gave Forks a 7-0 lead with 5:54 left in
the first quarter.
"That was a great drive to
start the game with," Green said. "We just wanted to
establish field position, but then we were able to get some
plays and keep the drive going."
Though CV's defense halted
Forks next two drives, it couldn't get its offense untracked.
The Warriors only picked up
three first downs in the first half, and by the time their
offense showed signs of life, the outcome was virtually decided.
Though Cirba rushed for 89
yards on 11 carries, Davidson -- who came in averaging 148.7
yards rushing -- was limited to 33 yards on 11 carries. Andrus
was 6-for-18 passing for 49 yards, most of that yardage coming
in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, Babcock had his
third-straight 100-yard rushing performance. His 151 yards
marked a scholastic high.
"This is right up
there," Babcock said, when assessing his effort. "It
feels good, especially as a senior."
Photo caption/credits -
CF running back Joe
Babcock is tackled by Chenango Valley's Greg Baxter in the
second quarter of Saturday's game. - Thomas LaBarbera,
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
Babcock quietly piles up yards for Forks
BY MIKE MANGAN
Press & Sun-Bulletin - Tuesday September 30, 2003
In limited action at running back last season for Chenango
Forks, Joe Babcock carried a mere 34 times, gaining 125 yards.
But when Blue Devils football
coach Kelsey Green was looking for a guy to carry his team's
running attack this season, he didn't take long for him to find
out that Babcock was the man for the job.
"One of the things we try to do is to keep the football
and control the clock, and he's the kind of kid you can do that
with," Green said of Babcock, who has rushed for 489 yards
in four games. "It seems like every carry, he's getting the
most out of every run."
Babcock ran for 151 yards and a touchdown Saturday as Forks
improved to 4-0 this season with a 21-7 victory over rival
Chenango Valley, its ninth straight victory over the Warriors.
It was Babcock's third straight 100-yard game, following a
149-yard effort against Oneonta (a 30-14 victory) and a 106-yard
effort against Norwich (in a 14-0 Week 2 victory).
"He's not flashy, he's subtle," Green said.
"He seems to have the good forward momentum to make a 2
1/2-yard run into a 4-yard run.
"He's not going to turn anybody's head with his 40 time,
but he's a tough kid, and he's just been a great leader."