SV unable to harness Forks'
Batty helps Devils gain 434 yards
By Mike Mangan
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
KATTELVILLE-- Two weeks into the high
school football season, there's one thing that's become pretty
If you think you're going to catch Chenango
Forks napping, think again.
The defending state Class B champion Blue
Devils scored on their first seven possessions -- including a
pair of first-quarter touchdowns to take control early on their
way to a 52-14 victory over visiting Susquehanna Valley in a
Section 4 Football Conference Division III football game
Quarterback Tim Batty ran for a pair of
55-yard touchdowns and also threw for another for Forks (2-0),
which once again looked impressive following last week's 44-8
victory at Norwich.
"We haven't had that problem, and I hope
we don't," Forks coach Kelsey Green said of his team being
overconfident. "We have a good starting team, but we have
good kids behind them pushing them."
Any upset hopes the Sabers (0-2) were pretty
much removed in the first quarter, thanks to a pair of two-play
Blue Devils scoring drives.
After a his interception gave Forks the ball
at the SV 40-yard line, Jason Chier scored two plays later on a
35-yard run off a pitch from Batty to give Forks a 7-0 lead just
3:27 into the game.
SV went three-and-out on its second
possession, and Forks struck quickly again, this time with Jim
Nicholson scoring on a 51-yard touchdown run.
Then it was the "Tim Batty Show."
First, Batty kicked a 31-yard field goal 17
seconds into the second quarter to make it 17-0.
He then followed with a 10-yard touchdown pass
to Zach Vredenburgh midway through the second quarter before
scoring on a 55-yard touchdown run as time expired in the first
half to give Forks a 31-0 lead.
Batty opened the second half with another
55-yard touchdown run and his day on offense was over.
"We do have a lot weapons, but it's nice
to have the ball in the hands of a kid like (Batty) every
play," Green said. "Sometimes when things aren't good
he can make a good play out it.
"Sometimes you're blessed to get a
special athlete, and Tim is one of those."
Forks piled up 434 yards of offense, 424 of
those on the ground.
Defensively, Forks was equally impressive,
limiting SV to 205 yards, much of that in the second half
against Forks' second and third-string defenders.
Photographs by Sean Faughnan
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