2006 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 9 vs Elmira Notre Dame
CF defeats Elmira Notre Dame 28-7

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In familiar story, Forks reaches 'B' final
By Brian Moritz
Press & Sun-Bulletin
KATTELVILLE -- The closer the calendar gets to November, the better Chenango Forks seems to play.
As the rain fell, the wind blew and Blue Devil Field turned into mud, Chenango Forks rolled past visiting Elmira Notre Dame, 28-7 in a Section 4 Class B semifinal Saturday.
The victory puts the Blue Devils (8-1) into next weekend's Class B title game against Windsor. Forks is seeking its sixth consecutive Section 4 championship.
"Our team knows what we have to do," said senior running back Joe Nicholson, who rushed for 112 yards and scored three of Forks' four touchdowns. "The teams before us did it, and we know we just have to get it done. Our coach calls us a machine. We get better every game."
Forks controlled play on both sides of the ball. The Blue Devils amassed 384 yards, with every one of them coming on the ground.
Chenango Forks held Elmira Notre Dame to just 169 yards in total offense and forced four turnovers.
"Anybody who thinks Forks is down is badly mistaken," Elmira Notre Dame coach Mike D'Aloisio said.
The Crusaders (6-3) stuck with Forks early on.
After an early Blue Devils' field goal, Notre Dame had a 17-play drive that ate nearly eight minutes off the clock. That drive was aided by a third-down roughing the passer penalty on Forks and a fake punt in which Greg Schiefen ran for a first down.
Notre Dame got down to the Forks 15-yard line. But on third down, Notre Dame quarterback John Morrison was picked off in the end zone by Drew Pero.
Starting at their 7-yard line, the Blue Devils put together a textbook 13-play, 93-yard scoring drive that took 6:27. Nicholson gained 43 yards on that drive and scored on a 2-yard run to help give the Blue Devils a 10-0 lead with 5:13 to go in the half.
"That was a big drive," Forks coach Kelsey Green said. "Joe Nicholson had a great day running the ball, and he can thank 10 other guys for that."
That score started the Forks' snowball downhill.
Forks forced Notre Dame to go three and out on the next possession, then reeled off a 51-yard scoring drive capped by Nicholson's 3-yard scoring run.
On the next play, with a minute to go in the half, Schiefen fumbled and Forks recovered.
It took the Blue Devils just 32 seconds to score, with Nick Stephens scoring from 3 yards out, giving Forks a 22-0 halftime lead.
"They are that explosive, and they do it defensively and offensively," D'Aloisio said.
Nicholson added a 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Dylan Warner had 75 yards rushing for Forks, and Joe Aston added 66 yards on nine carries.
Mike Huffner rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown for Notre Dame.
"It was a sea of mud, and out of that ... I was very happy with the way our offensive line played," Green said. "It ain't fancy or pretty, but it was effective."

The post-game article in the Elmira paper was just a clone of the Binghamton Press article.

1 2 3 4   Tot
Chenango Forks 03 19 00 06 - 28
Elmira Notre Dame 0 00 00 7 - 7
  • CF - Dylan Warner 23 FG
  • CF - Joe Nicholson 2 run (Warner kick)
  • CF - Nicholson 3 run (pass failed)
  • CF - Nick Stephens 3 run (run failed)
  • CF - Nicholson 1 run (run failed)
  • END - Mike Huffner 25 run (Brett Shay kick)


First Downs 10 21
Rushes-Yards 35-130 53-384
Comp-Att-Int 7-15-3 0-0-0
Passing Yards 39 0
Total Offense 50-169 53-384
Punts-ave yards 2-25.0 0-0
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 4-2
Penalties-Yards 1-5 4-35


Elmira Notre Dame rushing

  • Mike Huffner 12-67
  • Greg Schiefen 11-39
  • Trevor Dougherty 4-20
  • Zack Homerda 5-10
  • John Morrison 3-(-6)

Chenango Forks rushing

  • Joe Nicholson 17-112, 3 TDs
  • Dylan Warner 6-73
  • Joe Aston 9-66
  • Nick Stephens 7-50, 1 TD
  • Bryan Lance 6-40
  • Max Ginty 1-29
  • Jason Gildea 1-5
  • Ray Lord 2-5
  • Tom McMillen 1-3
  • Tim Zdimal 1-3
  • Adrian Atutis 1-1
  • Jake Reynolds 1-(-3 )

Elmira Notre Dame passing

  • John Morrison 7-for-15, 39 yards, 3 int.

Chenango Forks passing

  • Bryan Lance 0-for-0

Elmira Notre Dame receiving

  • Trevor Dougherty 4-18
  • Ed Penner 1-11
  • Greg Schiefen 2-10

Chenango Forks receiving  

  • none

JV Score: CF 31, Binghamton 20

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Staff Reports
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

Elmira Notre Dame (6-2) would most certainly prefer to forget the past, with regard to its recent track record against Chenango Forks (7-1). During their five-season string of sectional championships, the Blue Devils have beaten Notre Dame five times by an aggregate 178-65.
This Notre Dame squad, however, has proven quite capable of point production. In its last five games, excluding a 9-6 loss at Owego, the Crusaders have outscored their opponents by 161-30. Notre Dame's Greg Schiefen has rushed for 845 yards, John Morrison has passed for 754, and Schiefen and Trevor Dougherty have combined for 741 receiving yards.
No Forks opponent has scored a third touchdown in a game this season, and Windsor's 12-point output last Saturday halted a streak of five weeks in which Blue Devils foes were limited to single-digit point totals.
Senior quarterback Bryan Lance has been exceptional of late running Forks' offense, and has become quite the individual force as well. In the Devils' last four games, Lance's average pass completion has gone for 22.8 yards, and he has rushed for 283 yards on a 6.7 per-carry average.

ND faces familiar nemesis Saturday
Crusaders play state power Chenango Forks on the road.

By Andrew Legare
Elmira Star-Gazette
There is little room for argument: Chenango Forks is the standard-bearer for Section 4 football.
The Blue Devils have played in the last five New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B championship games, winning twice (2003 and 2004). As has been the case throughout this decade, Forks will be in the way for Notre Dame as the Crusaders chase a sectional championship. The teams meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Forks in a Section 4 Class B semifinal game.
"Going into the season our first goal was to make the playoffs and our second goal was to win the division," Notre Dame coach Mike D'Aloisio said. "We've done that and reevaluated our goals, and we want to win a sectional title now."
A sectional championship is something that has eluded Notre Dame since the 1998 team advanced to the Class C state championship game, where it lost in overtime. The Crusaders were moved up to Class B the next season.
Chenango Forks (7-1) has outscored Notre Dame (6-2) 178-65 in five wins during its string of sectional titles. D'Aloisio said his players are looking forward to facing Forks' powerhouse program.
"They know to be the best you have to play the best," D'Aloisio said. "And they want it. They want to go out and play against them. They're a well-coached, clean, hard-hitting football team. (Our players) like the challenge, and they'll go out there and do whatever they can to try to be successful."
Chenango Forks has won six straight since a 14-0 loss to unbeaten Corning East in Week 2, including last week's 31-12 win over previously unbeaten Windsor.
Notre Dame has been a solid offensive team this season, but the Crusaders have struggled against some of the tougher defenses they've faced. Notre Dame has scored 30 or more points four times, but the Crusaders have been held to a single touchdown in losses to Windsor and Owego. D'Aloisio said big, physical teams can cause problems for his relatively small team, though mistakes also hurt the Crusaders in those defeats.
Forks is the very definition of physical when it comes to Section 4 football, with that approach covering both offense and defense.
"They're strong in every facet of the game on both sides of the ball," D'Aloisio said. "We'll certainly have our hands full.
"You have to play 48 minutes of solid football and have it mistake free. That's the only way you're going to beat a Forks team right now. But we're capable of doing that."
Notre Dame is led by senior running back Greg Schiefen, who has run for 845 yards on just 99 carries this season. But Schiefen's pass catching is what separates him from other backs. He has caught 30 passes for 448 yards and four touchdowns. In addition, Trevor Dougherty has 14 catches for 293 yards and four scores.
John Morrison has been an effective passer for the Crusaders, with 47 completions in 77 attempts for 754 yards and eight touchdowns.

Post-game Article:    

Fifth Quarter:

Published Tuesdays in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin


For its seventh consecutive victory, 28-7 over Elmira Notre Dame in the Class B semifinal round, Chenango Forks threw in an offensive twist that may have been a first: Not only did the Blue Devils not pass, but not once did the quarterback pitch the football.

Horrendous field conditions coupled with a slick football were the rook of the conservative approach, which extended to six games' Forks' win streak against the Crusaders.

"Our kids up front blocked well," coach Kelsey Green said. "We still ran option, but it was either a give or a keep without the finale."

Notre Dame coach Mike D'Aloisio said: "In talking to our kids, they were saying (Forks') offensive line got into them better than they did last year."


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