2004 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 6 vs Windsor

CF spanks Windsor 63-0

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Forks uses 98-yard TD jaunt as
springboard past Windsor

Blue Devils grind out 503 yards on ground


By Kevin Stevens
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

KATTELVILLE -- The best, it would appear, is getting better.
Chenango Forks' football juggernaut aced another test Saturday afternoon, dismantling a respectable Windsor squad that brought a winning record to the field and left on the short end of a 63-0 score.
Fifteen Forks ballcarriers had a hand in a 503-yard rushing total on a day New York's top-ranked Class B team won a sixth game in succession and posted shutout No. 2 of the season.
And this time out, there was a momentary splash of drama-- a relative term, for these defending state champions.
The Blue Devils held a 14-0, second-quarter lead when Windsor (3-3) moved 78 yards to the hosts' 2-yard line-- the pass-and-catch combination of Adam Good and Ryan Riley accounting for 54 yards on consecutive snaps.

But the Devils responded by stuffing Ryan Markham for no gain on third down (picture 2), and regaining possession of the football when a fourth-down pass dropped incomplete.

The next play, in essence, took what had been a decent ballgame and turned it the way of so many other Forks-versus-Whomever contests of recent vintage.
On first down from Forks' 2, running back Tim O'Branski accepted the football and headed toward the home sideline, zig-zagged through congestion until finding open ground near his 30 and racing the rest of the way (picture 3) to make it a three-TD spread with 5:16 to play before halftime.
From there, Forks proceeded to score on six consecutive possessions. In fact, beginning with O'Branski's 98-yarder, three Blue Devils "drives" required a combined five plays. It was a lights-out 35-0 at halftime.
Jason Chier rushed for the two TDs, and seven mates shared in the scoring load from there. Kickers Tim Batty and Ed Samson were 9-for-9 on PATs.
"(Saturday), we got tested a little bit," said Alex Williams, senior right guard on a sound offensive front. "We had the goal-line stand. We had that situation for the first time this season and we handled it the best we could. We shut them down."
Said Forks coach Kelsey Green: "I liked the way we responded when they got it down inside our 10, that was good to see because that really hadn't even happened yet.
"Then we come out of there and break a play, that was nice."
The stat sheet revealed Forks' 503 rushing yards coming on a 10 1/2 yards-per-carry average, in large part testament to the work done by Williams, fellow guard Brad Watson, tackles Matt Faughnan and Josh Cary, and center Brian Baxter.
Primary beneficiaries of the quintet's contributions were running backs O'Branski, Chier, Ben Farnham and quarterback Batty. Together, they rushed 16 times for 293 yards and four scores before yielding to a deep cast of the most frequently called-upon reserves in Section 4.
Highlight-reel plays were numerous on Forks' end, beginning with the latest in the line of one-handed grabs by Zach Vredenburgh (picture 4). With right palm skyward and extended ahead of his body, he rescued a slightly overthrown ball from Batty and turned it into a 26-yard, second-quarter TD.
The final touchdown of the half, Tyler Spencer's 3-yard run, came a play after a 53-yard cutback delight by Farnham-- freed in no small part by lead-blocking Batty on the front end of the run near Forks' bench.
The sixth TD was a superb 48-yarder by Batty, who spun through a would-be tackler at about the 20. Closing things out was a 63-yarder by Dave Falcon with 5:37 remaining.

All photo's by Sean Faughnan

1 2 3 4   Tot
Chenango Forks 07 28 21 07 - 63
Windsor 0 0 0 0 - 0
  • CF - Chier 6 run (Batty kick)
  • CF - Chier 32 run (Batty kick)
  • CF - O'Branski 98 run (Batty kick)
  • CF - Vredenburgh 28 pass from Batty (Batty kick)
  • CF - Spencer 3 run (Batty kick)
  • CF - Batty 48 run (Batty kick)
  • CF - Wells 23 run (Batty kick)
  • CF - Joe Nicholson 5 run (Samson kick)
  • CF - Falcon 63 run (Samson kick)


Windsor CF
First Downs 7 19
Rushes-Yards 31-81 48-503
Passing Yards 82 26
Comp-Att-Int 5-23-1 1-2-0
Total Offense 54-163 50-529
Punts-Ave yards 8-31.1 2-33.5
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 4-36.5 6-50


Windsor rushing:  

  • DePersis 9-31
  • Whitman 7-23
  • Markham 8-21
  • Saunders 3-11
  • Axtell 1-5
  • Good 3-(-10)

Chenango Forks rushing:  

  • O'Branski 2-102, 1 TD
  • Falcon 3-67, 1 TD
  • Batty 5-66, 1 TD
  • Farnham 3-60
  • Chier 6-58, 2 TDs
  • Hessney 3-27
  • Spencer 8-25 1 TD
  • Wells 1-23, 1 TD
  • Purce 3-20
  • Mirabito 2-18
  • Joe Nicholson 4-11, 1 TD
  • Collingwood 3-8
  • Kwartler 1-6
  • Jim Nicholson 3-3
  • Rittenburg 1-2

Windsor passing

  • Good 5-for-23, 1 int, 82 yards0-3-0

Chenango Forks passing: 

  • Batty 1-for-2, 26 yards, 1 TD

Windsor receiving: 

  • Riley 3-67
  • Troiano 1-8
  • Markham 1-7

Chenango Forks receiving:  

  • Vredenburgh 1-26, 1 TD

JV Score: CF 28-6

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By Staff
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
October 12, 2004

Unbeaten record, 19-game win streak over two seasons and No. 1 state ranking say plenty about what Chenango Forks has going on in its defense of the Class B state championship.
But perhaps the truest indicator of the Blue Devils' dominance this season, including Saturday's 63-0 romp past Windsor, is this statistic:
In the first half if its six games, before the first unit has retired to the sideline, Forks has outscored its opponents by an aggregate 193-0.
But it begs the question: Is there concern in Forks headquarters that a steady string of one-sided outcomes may not sufficiently prepare the team for what is sure to be a far different scenario should it once again earn a berth in state playoffs?
"Not really, because most of our team is back from last year and we know what to expect coming up," center Brian Baxter said. "I think we're ready for it. We're getting better every single week, so ... "
Coach Kelsey Green said, "Yes, I think there is that type of concern, when it's a four-quarter battle, and the kids you're playing against are as fast as you are. ... "Yeah, I'm worried about that a little bit. But a lot of them went through last season where we had, I won't say 13 but probably 10 dogfights. And they responded well then. So, I'm assuming that's what we'll get."
As for handling the team from a coaching standpoint, given the overwhelming success to date, Green said, "When we watch the film, we'll see a bunch of things we didn't do well. We've always believed that, the better things go, the tougher you are on them. Sometimes when things aren't going well you've got to treat them with some kid gloves to get them through it.
"If we're going to be as good as we can be, we have to address all of those things, we can't let it go because it's going to come back and get you as soon as you have kids who can run with your kids. Right now, not too many can run with our kids, but we're going to play teams that can." ...
* Stunner of the Week at Forks: Zach Vredenburgh, a senior end with flypaper-like receiving hands, actually dropped a catchable ball. On a third-quarter play from Forks' 48-yard line, Tim Batty passed deep down the home sideline to Vredenburgh behind the defense, but the ball hit off Vredenburgh's hands and fell incomplete.
"First one I've ever seen him drop. I was shocked," Green said.
A quarter before, Vredenburgh made a spectacular -- if ordinary, by his standards -- one-handed grab in the end zone to complete a 26-yard scoring play.


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