2003 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 6 vs Elmira Notre Dame -  CF wins 28-21!


Preview and game articles courtesy of the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
and the Elmira Star-Gazette

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1 2 3 4   Tot
Chenango Forks 14 00 07 07 - 28
Elmira ND 7 7 7 0 - 21
  • ND - Manuel 19 pass from Coseo (Peworchik kick)
  • CF - Vredenburgh 11 interception return (Batty kick)
  • CF - Babcock 5 run (Batty kick)
  • ND - Manuel 13 pass from Coseo (Peworchik kick)
  • CF - Batty 1 run (Batty kick)
  • ND - Dougherty 6 pass from Coseo (Peworchik kick)
  • CF - Babcock 6 run (Batty kick)


Elmira ND CF
First Downs 18 13
Rushes-Yards 32-65 46-198
Passing Yards 233 20
Comp-Att-Int 21-30-2 1-1-0
Total Offense 62-298 47-218
Punts-Ave yards 2-40.5 3-36.0
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-1
Penalties-Yards 5-27 5-39


Elmira Notre Dame rushing:  

  • Norton 9-24
  • Mirando 8-19
  • Coseo 10-17
  • Manuel 3-3
  • Hitchcock 1-1
  • Hoppe 1-1

Chenango Forks rushing:  

  • Batty 18-69, 1 TD
  • Babcock 16-66, 2 TDs
  • O'Branski 7-39
  • Farnham 2-17
  • Chier 3-7

Elmira Notre Dame passing

  • Coseo 18-for-24, 192 yards, 3 TD, 1 int
  • Burris 3-for-6, 41 yards, 1 int. 

Chenango Forks passing: 

  • Batty 1-for-1, 20 yards

Elmira Notre Dame receiving: 

  • Manuel 7-80, 2 TDs
  • Peworchik 6-70
  • Dougherty 5-42, 1 TD
  • Coseo 3-41

Chenango Forks receiving:  

  • Farnham 1-20

JV Score: CF 43-12

Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin game article-    

Babcock's 4th-quarter TD propels Forks

Press & Sun-Bulletin

SOUTHPORT - They'd surrendered 233 passing yards, as many points in 48 minutes of football as they had in their first five games of the season, and sweated this one down to end.

Nonetheless, when time expired, the Chenango Forks Blue Devils had themselves a highly gratifying 28-21 victory over Elmira Notre Dame, a triumph that clearly defined this team as a serious championship contender.

Fullback Joe Babcock spun across the goal line to complete a 6-yard rush for the winning touchdown with 5:04 remaining, and teammate Ben Farnham sealed the deal by intercepting a pass at Forks' 20-yard line on a second-down play with 1:41 to play.

"They just showed what they've got inside," coach Kelsey Green said of his 6-0 squad, which is ranked second among New York's Class B schools.

It was a victory as much about survival and big-play defense as anything for Forks, which responded to an early 7-0 deficit by taking a 14-7 advantage by virtue of two huge defensive twists.

First came Zach Vredenburgh, tipping a pass from Notre Dame's Matt Coseo, then gathering in the football and charging in from about the 11-yard line for a touchdown with 3:19 left in the first quarter. Tim Batty's PAT kick tied it at 7-7.

Next, it was Nick Tarnowski's turn with what may have been slight assistance.

On second-and-9 from Notre Dame's 26-yard line, Coseo attempted what appeared to be a forward pass that was judged by officials to be a lateral. Tarnowski rushed in, hands held high, from his right end spot. The ball caromed off his arm and back deep into Crusaders territory.

Tarnowski recovered the loose football at the 9-yard line and much to the dismay of Notre Dame coach Mike D'Aloisio Forks was awarded possession.

Two plays later, Babcock bowled over Zach Manuel at the goal line to finish a 5-yard scoring run which, with Batty's PAT kick, made it 14-7 Forks with 73 seconds left in the first.

"All week, we've been practicing that," Tarnowski. "When they have a guy split out, you come in with your hands up. I put my hands up, it hit me in the elbow, I kept running and got the ball."

Call them two desperately needed defensive gems for Forks, which was torched in the first half by Coseo's 13-for-16, 150-yard passing performance. His second TD pass to Manuel, from 13 yards with 5:13 left in the half, helped make it a 14-14 stalemate that stood through halftime.

"They moved the ball on us, threw the ball on us, and we didn't move the ball," Green said. "I think up front, they beat us (in the first half).

"And we talked about it in the locker room and I don't think they beat us up front in the second half."

The Blue Devils flexed their muscles up front to open the third quarter, taking their opening drive 53 yards in five plays for a score. Batty chewed up 37 of those yards on a second-down option play to Notre Dame's 10, and sneaked in from the 1 for the TD with 9:44 left for a 21-14 lead.

But a fumbled snap from center by Forks led to a 6-yard Coseo-to-Kellen Dougherty touchdown pass with 57 seconds left in the third quarter. Tyler Peworchik's kick tied it at 21.

Dougherty, a senior transfer from Owego, had five receptions for 42 yards to go with some stellar defense.

One more piece of defensive brilliance set up the winning TD.

With Coseo looking to pass on second down from the Crusaders' 21-yard line, Forks' Steve Samson rushed in to sack Coseo, caused a fumble, and linebacker Babcock recovered at Notre Dame's 21-yard line.

On the fourth play of the ensuing drive and Babcock's third consecutive carry, he started over the right side and spun clockwise across the goal line for six. Batty's fourth PAT kick supplied the final point.

Babcock, Forks' workhorse through the first half of the season, had 11 of his 16 carries and all but 13 of his 66 rushing yards after halftime.

"They were definitely keying on me and Batty in the first half," Babcock said. "After that, they saw we could run some more guys and that's when we started giving me the ball."

Batty topped Forks with 69 rushing yards, and completed his only pass for 20 yards. Coseo finished 18-for-24 for 192 yards, and added three receptions for 41 yards in the late going when Luke Burris stepped behind center.

Elmira Star-Gazette game article-    

Turnovers cost ND against state power


SOUTHPORT -- Chenango Forks converted three Notre Dame miscues into scores on the way to a 28-21 win in a Section 4 Division 4 showdown Friday night at Brewer Memorial Field.

The Blue Devils struck twice in the first half after Notre Dame throwing errors and scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter after recovering a fumble on the Notre Dame 20-yard line.

The loss negated a sterling passing performance by Notre Dame senior Matt Coseo, who hit Zack Manuel for an 18-yard first-quarter pass and run to open the scoring, then hit Manuel on a 13-yard scoring toss in the second to tie the game at 14-14 just before halftime. Manuel caught seven passes for 83 yards. Also for Notre Dame (5-1, 1-1), Tyler Peworchik caught six for 67 yards.

"That's the best team I've played in my career," said Coseo, who completed 18 of 24 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns. "But it came down to turnovers and we made a lot. We kept fighting, but we gave them the ball in our end too many times."

For division-leading Chenango Forks (6-0, 2-0), the first score came when defensive end Zach Vredenburgh tipped a Coseo pass. Vredenburgh batted the ball into the air, caught it on the run and skipped into the end zone from 11 yards out.

On its next possession, Notre Dame lost the ball on a controversial call that left Notre Dame coaches fuming and led to Forks' second score.

On the play, Coseo turned to pass into the left flat. The ball was batted again, by defensive end Nick Tarnowski, but this time it wasn't caught. Tarnowski covered the ball, but it looked like an incomplete forward pass. The officials ruled the pass a lateral and Forks got the ball on the Crusaders' 9-yard line. Fullback Joe Babcock scored on a 6-yard run three plays later.

"All week we've been practicing that, when they have a guy split out, you come in with your hands up," Tarnowski said. "I put my hand up, it hit me in the elbow, I kept running and got the ball. I couldn't even see (if the ball was ahead of the line of scrimmage). I just stuck my hand up."

Forks, which is ranked second in the state in Class B, started the second half with Tim O'Branski returning the opening kickoff 40 yards to near midfield. From there, junior quarterback Tim Batty ran five straight times, including a 37-yarder, and scored from the 1 to give Forks the lead.

Notre Dame tied the game just before the end of the third quarter on a 6-yard pass from Coseo to tight end Kellen Dougherty. Peworchik's kick made the score 21-21.

On Forks' first possession of the final period, Josh Hammer sacked Batty for a 10-yard loss, and on the next play senior tackle John Lattimer caught Ben Farnham 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage to force a punt.

But on Notre Dame's next series, Coseo rolled right, was sacked by Steve Sampson and the ball squirted out. It was recovered by Babcock on the 20. Four plays later Babcock scored on another 6-yard run. Batty's kick made it 28-21.

One last drive by Notre Dame ended with an intercepted pass at Forks' 26 with less than 2 minutes to play.

"I'm proud of our kids, because they didn't give up after after those two bad plays in the first half," Notre Dame coach Mike D'Aloisio said. "All we had to do was win the second half, but we shot ourselves in the foot on our last two drives. We moved the ball on them, but we didn't do it when we had to do it."

Photo caption/credits
Notre Dame's Zack Manuel dives for yardage as Forks' Matt Stephens closes in.

Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin pre-game article- 

Football: Tough Forks to face speedy Elmira ND

Press & Sun-Bulletin

That Chenango Forks and Elmira Notre Dame would bring unblemished records into Week 6 of the high school football season may have seemed unlikely back in the dog days of preseason camp.

Then again ...

"I think, tradition doesn't graduate," said Notre Dame coach Mike D'Aloisio, uttering words that apply to both programs. "The kids have confidence in what they're doing and they don't want to be the ones to let anybody down. They want to work hard to find a way to win and get the 'W'.

" ... Forks and Notre Dame are similar in that, they don't come to play, they come to win -- and expect to win. We've (both) been there quite a few times. These are two programs that have done it over the long haul."

The teams will meet at 7 tonight at Notre Dame for a contest that will give the winner a leg up on the Division IV race. Both are 1-0 in divisional play.

Forks is the bigger and stronger of the two, and would be perfectly content wearing down Crusaders defenders with what has become trademark 12-play scoring drives. Conversely, Notre Dame's aim is to offset Forks' superior muscle by identifying and capitalizing on mismatches that accentuate its speed and quickness.

Notre Dame has lost the services of senior back Ryan Goetz, who'd averaged nearly 200 yards of offense per game. D'Aloisio said Goetz has been dismissed from the team for violating school rules.

"I don't think there's much question that Goetz was the best of the bunch, but from there there's not a big step down," said Forks coach Kelsey Green, who proceeded to identify running back Micah Norton, quarterback Matt Coseo, fullbacks Jesse Hoppe and Jared Mirando as capable and productive offensive forces.

"And some of those same kids play defense with that same speed," Green said.

Forks' offense is led by quarterback Tim Batty and fullback Joe Babcock, the latter having rushed for a 122.4-yard average through five games.

"They have Babcock, who can hurt you inside," D'Aloisio said. "And they've got Batty, who can hurt you outside. And if you concentrate just on the option, they've got (Zach) Vredenburgh, who can blow by you.

"They've got all the pieces to the puzzle, and it all starts with a good line surge."

Elmira Star-Gazette pre-game article-    

Notre Dame hosts Forks in clash of unbeatens


Chenango Forks, the New York state Class B runner-up the last two seasons, hasn't lost a football game to a Section 4 opponent in three years.

Notre Dame has a chance to end that streak tonight, but more importantly the Crusaders can put themselves in the driver's seat for the Section 4 Division 4 championship. The winner of tonight's battle of 5-0 teams will gain sole possession of first place in the division.

With all of Forks' credentials, including a No. 2 state Class B ranking this year, Notre Dame is sure to have its hands full.

"They're a big, physical team that's very disciplined, especially on the defensive side of the ball," Notre Dame coach Mike D'Aloisio said.

"We're more of a finesse team. We're not as big. We're not going to be bigger than anybody we play. We'll have to try to outexecute them and outfinesse them."

Notre Dame will be without leading rusher Ryan Goetz, a senior speedster who was suspended for the rest of the season last week for violating school and team rules. Goetz, a third-team Class B all-state pick last year, was second in Section 4 this season with 162 rushing yards per game.

His loss puts the rushing burden on Micah Norton and Jared Mirando, who have responded when called on this season.

Whether it's on the ground or through the air, the key for the Crusaders tonight will be finding a way to score on a Chenango Forks defense that has surrendered just 21 points and has three shutouts.

"Defensively, they've put up a lot of goose eggs," D'Aloisio said. "We hope to move the ball against them and do things to cause confusion in their defensive assignments and try to slow them down offensively."

Chenango Forks finds new offensive threats in beating Elmira Notre Dame

BY STAFF REPORTS - Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin 10/14/03

Chenango Forks became a better football team Friday night, and not simply by virtue of its 28-21 road victory over previously unbeaten Elmira Notre Dame.

The Blue Devils, 6-0 and ranked second in Class B by the New York State Sports Writers Association, had captured their first five wins by playing stout defense and basing their offense squarely on the shoulders of quarterback Tim Batty and fullback Joe Babcock.

Against the Crusaders, Forks diversified its offense -- with Grade-A results.

"I wanted to balance us up a little more than we had been," coach Kelsey Green said. "We ran the ball 50 times (the previous week against Dryden) and 40-some were Tim and Joe. Which is OK, but you're really putting some wear and tear on a kid, and we've got some other good kids, too.

"So, we did some things during the week and I said, 'Heck, we're going to do these things.'"

On Friday, running backs Tim O'Branski, Ben Farnham and Jason Chier made their way into the offensive mix, taking some of the carries that previously may have gone to Babcock. That trio accounted for a 5 1/4-yards-per-carry average. O'Branski was particularly effective, with a personal string a three consecutive first-half rushes going for 10 or more yards.

Babcock appeared especially fresh in the fourth quarter, when he rushed eight times for 40 yards and a touchdown.

Of course, Batty remains threat No. 1, as he demonstrated by monopolizing the football during a five-play, 53-yard scoring drive to open the second half.

"It was Tim running the option," Green said. "He could have given, he could have pitched or he could have kept -- I like him keeping," Green said.

The Blue Devils' defense, though fairly well lit up by Notre Dame's passing game, came through with several timely big plays -- one for a touchdown (Zach Vredenburgh's interception return) and two others to set up scores.

"Three turnovers for three scores, and they got one score off a turnover. That probably sort of sums up why we won and they lost. That was probably the biggest thing."

Notre Dame quarterback Matt Coseo said: "That's the best team I've played in my career. It came down to turnovers and we made a lot. We kept fighting, but we gave them the ball in our end too many times."

For those who may have lost track, Forks has compiled a 30-2 record beginning with Game 1 of the 2001 season, and is perfect against Section 4 competition over that stretch.

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