Aston's 3 TDs help Forks bounce back
Blue Devils gain 291 yards rushing against Owego
by Mike Mangan
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
TOWN OF CHENANGO -- Its 55-game winning
streak against Section 4 competition may have come to an end
last week at the hands of Corning East, but the Chenango
Forks football team gave notice Saturday that another streak
could be alive and well come November.
That being a sixth consecutive trip to the
In a rematch of last year's Section 4 Class B
title game, the Blue Devils scored on their first four
possessions en route to a 35-7 victory over Owego in a high
school football game Saturday.
Joe Aston ran for three touchdowns and Forks
limited Owego to 143 yards of offense in bouncing back from
a 14-0 loss last Saturday to Corning East, its first loss to
a Section 4 foe since 2000.
"In the locker room before the game, we tried
to get the guys to know that we needed to re-establish
ourselves," Forks senior Dylan Warner said. "We're not a
team from the past, we need to have our own identity and I
think we had a good start with that today."
Forks (2-1) beat Owego, 25-13, in last year's
Section 4 Class B title game, the Blue Devils' fifth
consecutive Section 4 title.
Many figured Saturday's game would be as
competitive, but Forks had different plans.
The Blue Devils needed just four plays to get
their first touchdown as Aston rumbled in from 21 yards out
to cap a 55-yard drive for a 6-0 lead just 1:32 into the
Forks made it 14-0 on its ensuing drive, a
13-play, 87-yard drive that chewed up over six minutes and
culminated with Aston's 12-yard run with 50 seconds left in
the first quarter.
Owego began its next possession on its
18-yard line, and promptly turned the ball over on its first
play as Colin Lounsberry fumbled, the ball recovered by
Forks' Nick Stephens at the Owego 18.
Five plays later, Aston had his third
touchdown of the day, a 3-yard run that made it 21-0 with
Bryan Lance's 33-yard touchdown to Warner
with 7:22 left in the second quarter put Forks up 28-0.
Forks tallied 329 yards of offense, including
291 rushing on 48 carries.
Last week against Corning East, Forks
mustered just 88 total yards.
"We weren't to the point of questioning our
offensive ability," Forks coach Kelsey Green said. "Being
shutout, and not really moving the ball at all against
Corning East, we wanted to come out, get a few first downs
and get things going.
"We had that great first drive and that
really set the tone."
Meanwhile, Owego had little success moving
the ball against Forks' usual stout defense.
The Indians failed to pick up a first down on
three of their five first-half possessions, the other two
ending with turnovers.
Further hindering Owego's cause offensively
was the loss of 5-foot-10, 260-pound lineman John Conklin, a
two-way starter, midway through the first quarter with a
Conklin did re-enter the game in the second
quarter for a few plays, but the injury kept him out the
remainder of the game.
"I thought they absolutely dominated the line
of scrimmage on both sides of the ball," Owego coach Steve
Virkler said. "They were just shoving it down our throats."