Chenango Forks Varsity Football
8 vs Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton - CF wins 31-14!
Post-game articles courtesy of the Binghamton Press &
and the Oneonta Daily Star
- CF - Babcock 10 run (Batty kick)
- BGA - Sohns 5 run (kick failed)
- CF - Batty 1 run (Batty kick)
- CF - Babcock 2 run (Batty kick)
- CF - Batty 29 FG
- CF - Babcock 2 run (Batty kick)
- BGA - Terpstra 2 run (Laing pass
Press & Sun-Bulletin game
Babcock helps Forks run
record to 8-0
BY KEVIN STEVENS
Press & Sun-Bulletin
CHENANGO FORKS --
For a third consecutive season, Chenango Forks will sport a
spotless record in the loss column to open Section 4's Class B
The Blue Devils extended the streak Saturday by celebrating
homecoming with a 31-14 victory over Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton,
the outcome all but wrapped up by halftime behind the
battering-ram rushing of Joe Babcock and some customarily sound
The Devils (8-0) will continue their quest for a third
consecutive Section 4 title when they host Whitney Point (6-2)
in a semifinal at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Senior fullback Babcock was called upon to carry the football 22
times in the first half, and responded with 146 yards and two
touchdowns, which, to go with his naturally pain-inflicting
running style, clearly sapped the Bears' defense.
At the midway point, it was a 24-6 Forks' advantage, Babcock had
his fifth triple-figure rushing outing of the season and BGA had
a single first down.
"The game was definitely won up front," said Forks
center Chris Pease, simply stating fact rather than tooting the
offensive front's horn. "Those (BGA) guys are physical. We
got our blocks."
Opening possession of the game belonged to the Blue Devils,
starting at their 37-yard line. Any doubt that it would be
Babcock's day was erased summarily.
He traveled 14 yards with his first carry, 8 with his second and
19 with his fifth to the Bears' 10-yard line. From there,
Babcock took a handoff, started left and cut back inside for a
touchdown. Tim Batty's kick made it 7-0 with 2:14 elapsed.
That first drive, into a strong wind that discouraged the
forward pass, was all Babcock: Six carries, 58 yards, with aid
of a BGA offside penalty.
The tone had been set.
"That first drive, into that win, they just established
themselves," Forks coach Kelsey Green said. "It
surprised me that we were getting the chunks we were getting. I
thought we could move it, but ... (Babcock) had a lot of nice
holes, a lot of times he was into the linebackers."
BGA got on the scoreboard with a drive that started on Forks'
18-yard line following a 5-yard, wind-hindered punt. The last of
six consecutive running plays was a 5-yarder for a score by
Travis Sohns with 2:38 remaining in the first quarter.
The remainder of the half belonged to Forks.
The Blue Devils' next drive went 65 yards on 11 plays, five of
them rushes by Babcock for a 40-yard total, with a flashy
17-yard gain by Jason Chier thrown in to keep the defense
guessing. Tim Batty sneaked over from the 1 for a TD-- after
mishandling the snap and tucking the football on his right hip.
Batty added the PAT and it was 14-6.
A 2-yard scoring run by Babcock with 5:47 to play in the half,
with another PAT kick by Batty, made it 21-6. The six-play march
featured a Batty-to-Steve Samson pass good for 18 yards, and a
22-yard gain by Babcock to the 2-yard line.
Batty tacked on a 29-yard field goal 32 seconds before halftime,
and it was 24-6.
Babcock's last touchdown came midway through the third quarter
and helped Forks to a 31-6 advantage.
Forks' defense limited BGA (4-4) to 62 yards in the first half.
For the game, the Devils intercepted three passes-- two by
Batty, the other by Chier.
"For us, it was the third straight year going unbeaten in
the regular season and we just wanted to keep that streak
going," said Pease, a part of two of those perfect runs.
"We showed them how hard we've been working for it.
"We work as a team, the coaches push us hard, make us work
our butts off in practice and we come together as a team."
Green said, "The record doesn't indicate what that team
(BGA) is. That's a heck of a football team. We played well. That
may be as good as we've played this year."
Oneonta Daily Star game
Chenango Forks 31, B-G/A 14
Joe Babcock and Tim Batty combined to score four touchdowns
and B-G/A quarterbacks threw three interceptions as the Blue
Devils eliminated B-G/A from the Section Four Class B playoffs
with a victory.
Babcock scored on rushing touchdowns from 10 and two yards and
Batty added a 1-yard scoring run and a 29-yard field goal to
give Chenango Forks (8-0, 4-0) a 24-6 halftime lead.
The Blue Devils defense allowed 62 yards and a single first
down to the Bears (4-4, 1-3) in the first half.
Travis Sohns scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter and
teammate Brian Terpstra had a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter
Sohns led the Bears with 72 yards rushing on 11 carries.