2008 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 2 vs Corning East
Blue Devils pick-off Corning East 13-9!
Five INTs and a good ol' fashioned flea-flicker does in the Trojans


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Defense bails out Forks

Interception leads to go-ahead TD for Blue Devils

By Mike Mangan
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

TOWN OF CHENANGO --  With its offense struggling for the second straight game, Chenango Forks once again turned to its defense to provide a familiar outcome.

The Blue Devils intercepted five passes, including one deep in Corning East territory that led to quarterback Rickey Bronson's game-winning 1-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, in rallying for a 13-9 victory over the Trojans in a non-league contest Saturday between reigning Section 4 football champions.

On a day in which Forks mustered just six first downs and 183 total yards of offense -- that coming just one week after a 151-yard effort in a 7-0 victory over Waverly -- the seven-time Section 4 Class B champion won for the 75th time in 76 games against Section 4 competition.

"It's not very pretty, but the bottom line is we are 2-0," Forks coach Dave Hogan said. "I think something very positive came out of this. It says a lot about our character when you can be down at halftime and battle back to win the game."

Forks trailed 9-7 after two quarters, and the score did not change until shortly after a key Corning East turnover with just under four minutes left in the third quarter.

On a third-and-7 play from the Trojans' 14-yard line, East quarterback Mitch Keefer rolled out right.

With nobody open, he heaved a desperation pass to the middle of the field toward a trio of Forks defenders, and Jordan Barnett made a lunging interception to give the Blue Devils possession at the East 14-yard line.

Five plays later, Bronson plowed into the end zone on a 1-yard run with 1:01 remaining in the third quarter to give Forks a 13-9 lead.

Forks' other touchdown came in the second quarter via the flea flicker.

It came on Forks' first play from scrimmage following a 24-yard touchdown pass from Keefer to Jeremy Brenning that gave East a 6-0 lead with 10:37 left in the second quarter. Forks' other quarterback in their two-man rotation, D.J. Smith, handed the ball off to Ryan Freije, who promptly tossed it back to Smith.

Smith then heaved a pass to a wide-open Mike Jeske, who caught the ball at the East 40 before out-running several defenders for a 71-yard touchdown reception that gave Forks a 7-6 lead with 10:17 left in the first half.

"It seemed like they had 15, 16 guys on the line of scrimmage, so I said we had to do something," Hogan said. "We gave it a shot and fortunately it worked out for us."

East (0-2) did regain the lead, 9-7, on Jon Gargano's 22-yard field goal with 0.3 seconds remaining in the half, the kick capping a 14-play, 90-yard drive. In the first half, East had 208 yards of offense to Forks' 97 yards.

But in the second half, Forks forced four of its five turnovers and held the three-time defending Section 4 Class A champions to just 59 yards of offense.

"I think it was more a mindset than anything else," Hogan said of the second-half defensive turnaround. "We made some tiny changes, but nothing major. It was time to find out about ourselves. We had to buckle down and get the job done in the second half, and we did that."

Press Football Beat Sportswriters Blog entry on game:

Forks survives......again

The Chenango Forks offense remains a work in progress, but the Blue Devils' defense appears championship-caliber in the wake of a 13-9 victory over Corning East on Saturday.

A week after edging Waverly, 7-0, Forks forced five turnovers - including three interceptions by Mike Jeske - in the victory over the Trojans, rallying for the victory as Rickey Bronson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter to wipe out a 9-7 deficit. The Blue Devils are now 2-0.

Jeske had a big play offensively as well for Forks, a 71-yard touchdown reception on a flea flicker play that gave Forks a 7-6 lead in the second quarter.

"Mike had a big day, a very big day for us," Forks coach Dave Hogan said.

The Trojans fell to 0-2, but they looked significantly better than they did in a mistake-filled 33-14 loss to Maine-Endwell in Week 1, so perhaps those ready to write off Corning East this season might have to think again.

"Our goal this week was to improve Corning East," Trojans coach Tim Hughes said. "This had nothing to do with Chenango Forks, to be honest, and I think our kids responded. It still hurts to lose, but the Forks coaching staff and those players, they’re the real deal. We know what we’re in for when we come here and I’m just glad we responded. It's tough to lose a game (like this), but we played well."

No article in the online Corning newspaper yet.

01 02 03 04   Tot
Chenango Forks 0 7 6 0 - 13
Corning East 0 9 0 0 - 9
  • CE - Jeremy Brenning 24 pass from Mitch Keefer (kick failed)
  • CF - Mike Jeske 71 pass from D.J. Smith (Dan Grady kick)
  • CE - Jon Gargano 22 field goal
  • CF - Rickey Bronson 1 run (pass failed)


First Downs 14 6
Rushes-Yards 43-155 33-90
Passing Yards 112 93
Comp-Att-Int 6-19-5 3-6-1
Total Offense 62-267 39-183
Punts-Ave yards 3-22.0 5-37.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-35 4-30


Corning East rushing

  • Mitch Keefer 17-62
  • Ryan Schwartz 9-48
  • Cody Muth 9-28
  • Jordan Frysinger 6-20
  • Matt Tobia 2-(-3)

Chenango Forks rushing

  • Shane Baron 16-58
  • Rickey Bronson 8-23, td
  • Jesse Villella 1-7
  • Ryan Freije 3-3
  • Tim Zdimal 3-2
  • D.J. Smith 2-(-3)

Corning East passing

  • Keefer 6-for-19, 155 yards, 1 TD, 5 int.

Chenango Forks passing

  • Smith 2-for-5,, 83 yards, 1 TD, 1 int.
  • Bronson 1-for-1, 10 yards, 0 int.

Corning East receiving

  • Shawn Faulise 2-46
  • Jeremy Brenning 2-31, 1 TD
  • Frysinger 2-35

Chenango Forks receiving:  

  • Mike Jeske 2-81, 1 TD
  • Corry Owen 1-12

JV Score: Corning East 32-20

Preview Tidbit: 

CF/CE snippet from the overall weekend football preview article...

from staff reports
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin 

Chenango Forks will be home at 1:30 Saturday for a game against Corning East. It was in Week 2 of the 2006 season that the Trojans halted the Blue Devils' 55-game win streak against Section 4 teams with a 14-0 win at Forks.

The Blue Devils limited Waverly to five first downs in a 7-0 win over last week. Corning East, three-time defending Section 4 Class A champion, allowed 395 yards of offense in a 33-14 loss at Maine-Endwell.

Corning Leader preview -
There's no doubt Corning East is hoping there is a vast improvement between week one and week two.
The Trojans suffered a humbling 33-14 loss to Maine-Endwell in their season opener last week.
It won't get any easier for East (0-1) this week as the Trojans will visit perennial state power Chenango Forks (1-0) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
East head coach Tim Hughes focused less on Chenango Forks this week during practice and more on cleaning up his own team's play. Against the Spartans, East fumbled the ball seven times and lost one of those fumbles. In addition, the Trojans were penalized nine times for 60 yards.
What didn't show up on the stat sheet, but was suggested by the final score were the numerous missed assignments and mental errors that plagued the Trojans.
"Honestly, after last week's performance, our goal is to improve," Hughes said. "We've gone back to fundamentals and things we preached about the first day. We're refocusing on those little details.
"We have to be better as a team before we can play anyone successfully," Hughes added. "We have to know the correct plays, call the correct plays, call the correct formations. Every single person on the team needs to be better."

Post-game Article:    

Fifth Quarter:

Published Tuesdays in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

From staff reports
Grady gives Forks special teams an edge with punting, kicking

He neither scored touchdowns nor provided game-changing tackles, but junior Dan Grady definitely played a key role in Chenango Forks' 13-9 victory over Corning East on Saturday.

Grady averaged 37 yards per punt, including a 44-yarder midway through the fourth quarter from the Blue Devils' 23-yard line that kept the Trojans from attaining great field position. Grady also had two other punts inside the Corning East 10-yard line.

Two of Grady's three kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.

"He's was huge, absolutely huge," Forks coach Dave Hogan said. "I remember playing in the state (Class B) championship game last year, Peru had a kid kicking the ball in the end zone every time and we're starting at the 20-yard line every time. That's worth a couple of first downs a lot of the time.

"Dan played on the JV team last year, we knew he was kicking the ball well then. He works on it, and he's a former soccer player, so he knows how to kick the ball."

The last time Forks' played host to Corning East, Sept. 9, 2006, the Trojans posted a 14-0 victory that ended a 55-game Blue Devils win streak against Section 4 opponents, and also stopped a 27-game win streak at home.

Next up for the Blue Devils (2-0) is a 7 p.m. game Friday at Chittenango, which improved to a 2-0 record with Friday's 29-28 victory at Homer.



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