Team Forks keeps on
Winning streak at 21 victories
BY BRIAN MORITZ
Press & Sun-Bulletin
KATTELVILLE -- Not even an unexpected week
off could slow down the Chenango Forks machine.
Playing for the first time in two weeks, the
defending Class B state champion Blue Devils rolled to a 55-0
victory over Dryden in a Section 4 Football Conference
Division III contest on a postcard-perfect Saturday afternoon
at Blue Devil Stadium.
The victory is the 21st in a row for Forks
"We really just try to go out and execute,"
Forks coach Kelsey Green said. "We're
playing our opponent,
but we're also playing against ourselves. We try to be as
mistake-free as possible."
Forks hadn't played since an Oct. 9 victory
over Windsor. The Blue Devils received a forfeit last week,
after Bainbridge-Guilford was left shorthanded due to athletic
Forks showed no ill-effects from the layoff,
winning with its trademark overpowering balance. The Blue
Devils rushed 430 yards as a team, but no player rushed for
more than 87 yards. Fifteen players carried the ball, and six
players scored touchdowns.
Oh yeah, the defense held Dryden to 138
"In a day and age where you have teams full
of individuals, they are truly a team," Dryden coach Joe Mack
said. "They play great team football. You can't help but be
impressed with the program they've put together."
The Blue Devils scored on their first play
from scrimmage, as quarterback Ryan Batty ran 37 yards for a
touchdown on a drive set up by a short Dryden punt. Forks was
up 21-0 less than nine minutes into the game after Nick
Tarnowski returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown.
It was 42-0 at halftime.
In all, Forks scored on seven of its first
eight possessions. Tim O'Branski rushed for a team-high 87
yards for Forks, and Joe Nicholson and Ben Farnham each scored
Abinye Smith rushed for 83 yards for Dryden
(3-5), which suited up just 22 players.
"Dryden came to play, they were just a
little outmanned," Green said. "Again, we just want to keep
marching on and try to get better every week."
Photo: Rebecca Towns - Binghamton
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