2008 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 6 vs Owego
Blue Devils defeat Owego 34-20
Sixth straight win over Indians

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Baron's TD run helps Forks overcome Owego
Strong offense lifts Blue Devils past Indians
By Mike Mangan - Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

OWEGO -- For much of the season, Chenango Forks' defense has carried the load while its offense has struggled.
The roles were reversed Saturday, but the outcome was still a familiar one for the Blue Devils.
Shane Baron rushed for 169 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter that gave Forks the lead for good en route to a 34-20 victory over Owego in a non-league football game Saturday.
On a day when Forks (5-1) gave up season-highs in points, yardage (306), and first downs (18), its offense had easily its best performance of the season, piling up 443 yards -- including 424 on the ground -- against the Indians (2-4).
None of those yards were bigger than the 66 by Baron on his touchdown.
Owego had tied the score at 20 on Parker Evans' 3-yard touchdown run with 6:06 remaining in the third quarter, the play capping an impressive 12-play, 93-yard drive.
But on Forks' second play from scrimmage on its ensuing possession, Baron took a handoff from D.J. Smith and rumbled through a huge hole up the middle before out-running several members of the secondary for the touchdown that put Forks up 27-20 with 5:27 left in the third quarter.
"You could almost feel the wind taken out of us," Owego coach Steve Virkler said. "It wasn't easy for us to take it down the field and tie it, and two plays later they pop the big one."
Baron and Forks coach Dave Hogan concurred that the touchdown was a game-changing one.
"The guys did their job up front, the hole was huge and the backs carried out their fakes," Baron said. "Things worked out on the play and I just ran.
"I felt like it motivated our team. Everybody picked it up after that."
Added Hogan: "That's the play that sticks out in my mind. That was huge, and from there on, it was evident that it was the play of the game."
Owego went three-and-out on its next possession, and Forks added its final score when Ryan Freije scored on a 5-yard run with 10:58 left in the fourth quarter.
It was the second straight strong offensive performance for the Blue Devils, who beat Norwich, 21-6, last week after averaging just 10.5 points over their first four games.
"The line has really stepped it up the past couple of weeks," said left guard Tylor Gardiner, who with his linemates deserve their share of attaboys for Forks' offensive display. "We get our blocks, we know what we're supposed to do and make the right calls."
Forks took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdown runs of 73 yards by Smith and 4 yards by Tim Zdimal.
But Owego stayed close, thanks to an offense that enjoyed success not usually seen against a Forks defense.
Ethan Farabaugh's 1-yard touchdown run with 7:19 left cut Forks' lead to 14-7.
After Smith's 1-yard touchdown run increased Forks' lead to 20-7 with just 1:17 remaining in the second quarter, Owego managed a quick 70-yard scoring drive before halftime as quarterback Nick Koroluck found the end zone on a 9-yard scramble as time expired to bring Owego within 20-13.
Owego tied the score, 20-20, in the third quarter, but the Indians' defense had no answer for Forks.
"We were able to move the ball a little bit, which surprised me because I thought we might struggle," Virkler said. "But (offensively), they controlled the line of scrimmage and we just weren't able to get any stops. They beat us up front."

01 02 03 04   Tot
Chenango Forks 14 6 7 7 - 34
Owego 0 13 7 0 - 20
  • CF - D.J. Smith 73 run (Dan Grady kick)
  • CF - Tim Zdimal 4 run (Grady kick)
  • O - Ethan Farabaugh 1 run (Harley Edwards kick)
  • CF - Smith 1 run (kick failed)
  • O - Nick Koroluck 9 run (kick failed)
  • O - Parker Evans 3 run (Edwards kick)
  • CF - Shane Baron 66 run (Grady kick)
  • CF - Ryan Freije 5 run (Grady kick)


Owego CF
First Downs 18 18
Rushes-Yards 40-217 48-424
Passing Yards 89 19
Comp-Att-Int 9-16-1 1-1-0
Total Offense 56-306 49-443
Punts-Ave yards 2-35 0-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 2-0
Penalties-Yards 5-33 5-45


Owego rushing

  • Parker Evans 13-75, 1 TD
  • Joe Terenzi 5-70
  • Ethan Farabaugh 12-42, 1 TD
  • Nick Koroluck 8-18, 1 TD
  • Ben Warner 1-17
  • Scott Larrabee 1-(-5)

Chenango Forks rushing

  • Shane Baron 15-169, 1 TD
  • D.J. Smith 5-77, 2 TDs
  • Rickey Bronson 9-62
  • Ryan Freije 7-38, 1 TD
  • Tyler Lusht 3-36
  • Tim Zdimal 7-31, 1 TD
  • Jim Miller 1-6
  • Jesse Villella 1-5

Owego passing

  • Koroluck 6-7-0, 57 yds
  • Larrabee 3-8-1, 32 yds
  • Evans 0-1-0, 0 yds

Chenango Forks passing

  • Smith 1-1-0, 19 yds

Owego receiving

  • Harley Edwards 8-77
  • Byron Worthing 1-7
  • Evans 0-5

Chenango Forks receiving:  

  • Corry Owen 1-19

JV Score: ?

Preview Articles: 

From staff reports
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin 

Nothing of note this week.

Post-game Article:    

Fifth Quarter:
Published Tuesday mornings

Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin staff reports -

Forks gets offensive

After struggling mightily to score points the first four weeks of the season, Chenango Forks appears to have solved its offensive problems.
The Blue Devils rolled up 443 yards, including 424 rushing yards, in a 34-20 victory at Owego on Saturday. The yards and points represented season highs for Forks, and came on the heels of a 200-yard rushing performance in a 21-6 victory a week earlier over then-unbeaten Norwich.
The first four games, Forks averaged just 10.5 points and were held to single digits in two of those four games.
"We're doing a much better job offensively," Forks coach Dave Hogan said. "(Saturday), we executed well up front. I think our line did an outstanding job, and we were hitting the holes. A lot of times we weren't getting touched until 3 or 4 yards in.
"Now, we just have to patch things up defensively."
Yes, Saturday marked a rare poor day for the Blue Devils' defense. Forks gave up over 300 yards of offense, 18 first downs and allowed Owego to score on three straight possessions during the game.
Forks had allowed just 36 points (7.2 per game) over its first five games.


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