Press & Sun-Bulletin
WINDSOR -- A sixth consecutive
division championship belongs to Chenango Forks,
which on Saturday afternoon played its finest
all-around football game of 2006.
The Blue Devils manhandled previously
unbeaten Windsor on their way to a 31-12 romp that
left them 5-0 in Division III of the Section 4
Football Conference and, once again, clearly the
team to beat in Class B playoffs.
This was a Windsor squad that had
surrendered 20 points in its first seven ballgames,
and which had averaged 27 1/2 points per victory.
On Saturday, Forks' five-time
defending sectional champions outgained the Black
Knights by 368-57 yards on the ground, and more than
doubled the hosts' season-long scoring yield in the
first 26 1/2 minutes of play.
The outcome earned Forks (7-1, 5-0) a
home game Saturday against Elmira Notre Dame in the
semifinal round. Windsor (7-1, 4-1), the division
runner-up, will travel to Owego on Saturday for its
"We just came together as a team
today. We were a team today, finally, 40 people,"
said halfback Jarred Wells, who scored the Devils'
first two touchdowns.
"We just came out playing hard,
smash-mouth football," said Forks fullback Joe
Nicholson, who'd been held out of the offense since
sustaining an ankle sprain in the first quarter of a
Sept. 30 win at Chenango Valley. "We didn't care if
they knew the play or not, we just stayed on our
blocks, came out hitting hard, just beat 'em up up
front. They couldn't do anything about it."
Forks coach Kelsey Green: "Thirty-one
against Windsor is a surprise -- to all of us; them,
us. Who knows if we'll see it again, ever? But it
was nice to see it today, that's for sure."
One might argue that the key
possession of the ballgame was one by Forks that
lasted a mere 25 seconds worth of game clock time in
the final minute of the second quarter, a quick
march orchestrated brilliantly by quarterback Bryan
Windsor had just drawn within 10-6
when, with 54 seconds to play, Adam Good connected
with Steve DeMarco for a 17-yard scoring pass on a
The Blue Devils started after the
ensuing kickoff at their 38-yard line and, on first
down, Lance took an option keeper to his right for a
51-yard gain to Windsor's 11-yard line.
Wells was felled for a 1-yard loss on
first down, but on second down, Lance rolled right
and threw in the end zone toward the right sideline.
Wells was open but, with the ball ever-so-slightly
overthrown, lunged toward the sideline and hauled in
the pass for a TD which, along with Dylan Warner's
PAT kick, made it 17-6 with 24 seconds left.
"We intended to pass to the tight
end, but Lance threw to me and I got the grab," said
Wells, who opened scoring with a 4-yard TD rush to
polish off Forks' first possession.
The Blue Devils took the second-half
kickoff back to their 41-yard line, and needed a
mere five plays to tack on another score.
The big play on the drive was a
35-yard Lance-to-Garret Cade pass that moved the
football to Windsor's 15. Three plays later, Joe
Aston took a third-down handoff from the 12-yard
line in for a score. Warner booted home the PAT and
it was 24-6 with 9:36 to play in the third quarter.
Windsor answered just over four
minutes later when Good hit DeMarco with a 15-yard
touchdown pass. But on this day, against this Forks
defense, a comeback was absolutely not in the cards.
Lance closed with 86 rushing yards,
Aston 79 and Warner 78 on a day Forks banged away at
Windsor for an average gain of 8.2 yards per rush.
"They dominated us up front," Black
Knights coach Dan Hodack said. "Their blocking
dominated us. They executed the option really well.
It wasn't one thing, they beat us on all phases of
it -- dive, counters, throwing the ball in the
seams, the pitch, the quarterback ...
"We got dominated."
Good, widely acknowledged as one of
the premier quarterbacks in the section, finished
7-for-21 for 75 yards and two TDs. He was
intercepted by Lance -- on a well-delivered pass
that caromed off the hands of a receiver -- with
just over a minute to play in the third quarter.
Forks' final TD came on the first
play of the fourth quarter, a stupendous 24-yard run
by Aston on which he used equal parts patience,
vision and footwork to elude two or three would-be