Chenango Forks Varsity Football
4 vs Waverly
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Forks strikes quickly in rout
By Jeff Matolka
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
WAVERLY -- Chenango Forks turned four Waverly turnovers into 26
first-half points as they romped in their Section 4 Division IV
opener, 52-7, Friday night.
Chenango Forks (4-0 overall, 1-0 division) scored on its first
two offensive plays to take a 12-0 lead against the Wolverines
(2-2, 1-2) less than two minutes into the game. The victory
extended the Blue Devils' winning streak to 30 games overall and
48 straight against Section 4 opponents.
Bryan Lance intercepted quarterback Robert Fiske on the
Wolverines' 46-yard line on Waverly's first possession. Lance
returned the ball inside the 20, but a holding penalty moved the
ball back to the 36.
On the first offensive play for the Blue Devils, Tyler Spencer
took a handoff around the left side for a 36-yard touchdown run.
On the ensuing kickoff, Waverly's Ivan Tunicliff fumbled and
Dylan Rittenburg recovered for Forks on the Wolverines' 35-yard
On the next play, Jim Nicholson took a handoff around the right
side, broke a tackle and cut back to the middle of the field for
a 35-yard TD run for Forks' second touchdown in a 22-second
"Our split ends were doing a great job on the end and the
(offensive) line was getting a good push on the linebackers,"
said Spencer, who had 96 yards and two touchdowns on six
carries. "They were perfect holes for a running back."
Waverly drove to Forks 10-yard on its next possession, but
fumbled. The Blue Devils used three plays to push the ball to
the 14-yard line, then Forks quarterback Rick Mirabito kept the
option around the right side and sprinted through the Waverly
secondary untouched for a 86-yard touchdown run.
It was a pleasant change for Forks, which gave up the first
points in two of its first three games this season.
"After three weeks of getting scored on early, we knew we had to
come out firing, and that's what we did," said Spencer.
Waverly falls to Forks
By GORDON COOPER--For the Sayre Morning Times
WAVERLY -- There are times in life when the challenges seem
insurmountable and the foes seem unbeatable. It is at those
times champions forge forward and although the final score may
not be in their favor and the record books will not acknowledge
their efforts as victorious. they claim moral victories and
garner lessons to make themselves better.
The Waverly Wolverines' face a large banner on the fence near
their scoreboard admonishing them to fight like champions, and
although the final score was 52-7 in favor of the visiting Blue
Devils of Chenango Forks, the hometown team can claim a moral
victory and a valuable lesson learned.
"We're going to learn a lot from this game," head coach, Jason
Miller said. "I think we'll look at the film and say this is
where we broke down. It comes down to that there is such a
different talent level and if we are out of position, they are
going to exploit it, and they did."
"We just ran into a buzz saw." Miller said.
Although the Wolverines were able to put together some extended
drives and accounted for 246 yards of total offense to the Blue
Devils total of 333*, some costly
mistakes and some missed tackles gave the advantage to the
( * Website editor note - CF's total offense was 459...this guy
needs a new calculator)
The scoring came early in the contest when Waverly quarterback,
Robert Fiske was intercepted by Forks' defensive back, Brian
Lance on the home team's 35. An 11-yard interception return was
negated by a holding penalty on the Blue Devils which pushed
them back to the Wolverines' 36. It only took one play from
scrimmage to take advantage of the short field as Forks' running
back, Tyler Spencer took the handoff the 36 yards to paydirt
with 10:38 still left in the first quarter. The PAT kick attempt
from Ed Samson failed and the score was 6-0.
The visitors got their second score just 19 ticks of the clock
later when the kickoff return was fumbled by Colin McDonald.
This time the scrimmage was the home team's 35 and the ball was
pitched to Jim Nicholson on the option from Rick Mirabito,
Nicholson took it to the outside and then made a great cutback
move to the center of the field where he found nothing but green
between him and the end zone.
Another PAT kick attempt from Samson failed and the scoreboard
read 12-0 with 10:07 remaining in the first.
Waverly progressed to the the CF 11-yard line on the ensuing
drive and had the appearance of cutting the lead in half when a
fumble gave the Blue Devils another scoring opportunity.
CF took advantage of the opportunity and extended the lead again
before the teams changed direction when Mirabito called his own
number on the option play and split the Wolverine backfield and
ran 86 yards for the touchdown at the 3:35 point of the first.
Mirabito followed the TD run with a 2-point run to make the
The scoring continued in the second quarter when Nicholson
scored his second TD on a 3-yard run and another fumble by the
Wolverines was recovered and carried into the end zone from the
home team 4-yard line to give the guests a healthy 33-0 lead as
they headed to the locker rooms for half-time break.
The second half started much the same as the first with CF
scoring on their first possession. A 45-yard scamper by Spencer
gave him his second TD and a successful PAT kick from Samson
made it 40-0.
The score reached 46-0 when Dylan Warner ran in from the 3
following an impressive six-minute drive that covered 60 yards
and ate much of the third quarter clock.
Waverly avoided the shutout when Fiske hit A.J. Aronstam for an
8-yard scoring pass and the PAT from Colin McDonald cut the lead
to 46-7 with a little over eight minutes left in the game.
The Blue Devils scored again five minutes later when Justin
Allen ran in from 9 yards out to make the final 52-7 after
another failed PAT from Samson.
Waverly faces Sayre next week at Lockhart Street Bowl.
Elmira Star Gazette -
Chenango Forks 52, Waverly 7: Defending state Class B
champion Chenango Forks scored the game's first 46 points and
piled up 468 rushing yards against Waverly.
Chenango Forks, which is 54-2 over the last four seasons, won
its 30th straight game to extend the state's longest winning
streak. Forks did not attempt a pass Friday.
(Website editor note - yeah they did. It
was just one though, so it was easy to miss it)
"They're an extremely well-coached and well-trained football
team," Waverly coach Jason Miller said. "The bright spot about
the game is that when you prepare for a team that good, you
become a better team."
Waverly got on the board in the fourth quarter when Bobby Fiske
found A.J. Aronstam for a 9-yard touchdown pass.
The Wolverines rushed for 174 yards and drove deep into Forks'
territory, only to suffer costly turnovers.
"We fumbled the ball in bad spots on the field," Miller said.
"We had the ball inside their 10-yard line twice and fumbled."
Waverly travels to Sayre next Saturday for an important rivalry
"We'll pick ourselves up," Miller said.
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- CF - Tyler Spencer 36 run (kick failed)
- CF - Jim Nicholson 35 run (kick failed)
- CF - Rick Mirabito 86 run (Mirabito run)
- CF - Nicholson 2 run (Ed Samson kick)
- CF - Nicholson 4 fumble recovery (kick failed)
- CF- Spencer 45 run (Samson kick)
- CF - Dillon Warner 2 run (kick failed)
- W - AJ Aronstam 8 pass from Bobby Fiske (Colin
- CF - Justin Allen 9 run (run failed)
- Robbie Williams 12-53
- Colin McDonald 8-51
- Jeff Velardo 5-44
- Robert Fiske 8-28
- Derrick Morris 3-5
- Zach Beeman 3-4
- Ivan Tunicliff 3-(-1)
- Rick Mirabito 4-98, 1 TD
- Tyler Spencer 6-96, 2 TD
- Joe Nicholson 1-79
- Jim Nicholson 6-57, 2 TD
- Dylan Rittenburg 5-31
- Brian Lance 2-27
- Dylan Warner 6-27
- Alex Sabo 3-14
- Ray Lord 3-10
- Justin Allen 1-9, 1 TD
- Chris Kwartler 1-9
- Jared Wells 3-2
- Jason Gildea 2-2
- Tim Green 2-(-2)
- Robert Fiske 6-14, 99 yards, 1 int, 1 TD
- Scott Sinsabaugh 3-39
- Jeff Velardo 1-29
- Beeman 1-23
- A.J. Aronstam 1-8, 1 TD
Score: Chenango Forks 35-34
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
Chenango Forks (3-0) looks to make it 30 straight victories when it visits Waverly (2-1, 1-1) in a Division IV game at 7 tonight.
The Blue Devils are coming off an impressive 28-14 victory over Norwich on Saturday, a game in which they limited the Purple Tornado to 140 yards of total offense. In fact, Forks is holding teams to an average of 10 points and 154 yards of offense per game.
The Wolverines, trying for back-to-back winning seasons after going 0-18 from 2002-03, are averaging 32.3 points per game.
By Dave Post
Sayre Evening Times
Things are taking shape in the local world of high school football, with Athens rolling, Waverly doing well and Tioga joining Sayre in struggling.
Now it gets a little more interesting.
Athens is at North Penn tonight to face a tough Panthers team with a strong running game. Sayre hosts Montgomery in the first Northern Tier League Small-School Division game in history for both schools. Neither has a win thus far and both are hungry.
Tioga hosts Edison in what may well be a playoffs elimination game and will have to do so without quarterback Chris Klossner.
Waverly is hosting one of the best teams to play on a local field in two-time defending New York state Class B champion Chenango Forks.
Chenango Forks (3-0, 0-0) at Waverly (2-1, 1-1)
Okay, this appears to be a mismatch.
The Wolverines began the road back to respectability last season with a 5-4 campaign (after two 0-9 years) against an independent schedule.
The Blue Devils have won back-to-back New York state Class B championships and had another team in 2001 that was at least a New York state finalist. The Devils' last four seasons have been 12-1, 12-1, 13-0, 13-0.
It's also a Section IV Football Conference Division IV game and gives the home-standing Wolverines an opportunity to test their mettle against the best.
Jason Miller wants to build the Wolverines' program into what the Blue Devils are and the only way to get there is to play them.
One thing is for certain: The Wolverines will throw everything they have at Chenango Forks for a full 48 minutes. As long as that's the case, they will all be able to walk off the field with their heads held high -- whether it's after a win, a close loss or a blowout loss.
Forks is physically impressive, averaging 280 along the lines with a host of guys who can move. To illustrate how tough this squad is, the Devils held defending New York state Class A champion Maine-Endwell to 118 yards rushing and 27 passing in a 21-7 win two weeks ago. Forks only had 134 yards rushing itself with 10 yards passing in that game. Against Johnson City in the opening week, Forks had 362 yards rushing.
Waverly is a running team. The Wolverines like to pound on teams, which will be a tall order tonight. Fullbacks Robby Williams, Colin McDonald and Derek Morris have combined for 536 yards rushing and wingback Jeff Velardo also has over 100 yards on the ground. Waverly has 839 yards on the ground on 134 carries (6.3 yards per run) but has been ineffective through the air so far.
Waverly's run defense has been good so far (336 yards on 103 rushes, 3.3 yards per run), but will be sorely tested by the Devils.
If you want to see what may be the best high school team you've ever seen, Waverly is the place to be. It'll be very interesting to see how the local squad measures up and whether they can withstand the attack, both offensively and defensively, the Devils will bring.
Fifth Quarter: Published on Tuesdays, no article this week.