2009 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 5 vs Whitney Point
Blue Devils defeat Whitney Point 20-0!


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Forks defense grounds Whitney Point

Chris Vito
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

WHITNEY POINT -- For the Chenango Forks football team, Friday night's 20-0 victory under the lights with upstart Whitney Point turned into just another day at the office.
Nearly 300 yards rushing and a third shutout for the defense this season.
After holding just a 7-0 lead at the end of the first half, the Blue Devils punched the ball into the end zone on their first two possessions of the second half and leaned on their suffocating defense in a Section 4 Football Conference Division V matchup.
Forks (5-0, 4-0), ranked second in the state in Class C, had few troubles rushing through the raindrops with their multi-headed running game, churning out 290 yards on 49 carries.
Senior Jordan Barnett was at the forefront of the ground attack. He had 95 yards on 16 carries, including the game's first score with 4:24 remaining in the second quarter.
"We definitely love playing smash-mouth football and running between the tackles," said halfback Jimmy Miller, who had 46 yards rushing. "Our offensive line has been blocking great all year for us."
The Blue Devils opened the scoring after Whitney Point's best drive of the game stalled at Forks' 25-yard line.
Barnett proceeded to carry on six of the next 11 plays for the Blue Devils and capped it off with a 2-yard plunge up the middle.
Forks received the opening kick of the second half and marched 69 yards on eight plays. Tyler Lusht ended the drive with a 7-yard scoring run, but it was twin brother Ryan Lusht who put the team in position with his 42-yard run down the right sideline.
Sam Soeffing's slip on the ensuing kickoff return forced Whitney Point to start its drive at its 6, and that was compounded when a three-and-out gave the Blue Devils the ball back at the Golden Eagles' 34.
Four plays later, Ryan Lusht went in from 15 yards out to finish the scoring. He had 70 yards rushing and Tyler Lusht chipped in 67.
The Forks defense has now allowed just nine points through five games.
"You hear it all the time, it's the bend but don't break," Forks coach Dave Hogan said. "Whitney Point got some good chunks of yardage at times, but our defense hung together as they do week in and week out and stepped up when they had to."
Whitney Point (3-2, 1-2) played under the lights for the second time with portable light stands set up around the field.
Coach Mike Hakes was enthused with the way his team came out in a rare Friday night atmosphere against a renowned opponent.
"I thought our guys reacted pretty well," Hakes said. "They kept their composure and made good plays. We didn't keep our composure last week against Greene in the first 12-15 minutes and I thought this week we did a better job of that."
Tyler Donnelly rushed for 48 yards to lead the Eagles' offense.

01 02 03 04   Tot
Chenango Forks 0 7 13 0 - 20
Whitney Point 0 0 0 0 - 0
  • CF - Jordan Barnett 2 run (Dan Grady Kick)
  • CF - Tyler Lusht 8 run (Grady kick)
  • CF -  Ryan Lusht 15 run (Grady kick failed)


First Downs 9 15
Rushes-Yards 38-118 49-290
Passing Yards 26 0
Comp-Att-Int 4-6-0 0-0-0
Total Offense 44-144 49-290
Punts-Ave yards 3-33 1-30
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1
Penalties-Yards 1-10 3-15


Whitney Point rushing

  • Tyler Donnelly 15-48
  • Ben Manwaring 9-28
  • Sam Soeffing 6-19
  • Thomas Decker 2-10
  • Dave Kellicut 2-9
  • Wyatt Soeffing 2-7
  • Anthony Pagano 2-(-3)

Chenango Forks rushing

  • Barnett 16-95, 1 TD
  • Tyler Lusht 11-67, 1 TD
  • Ryan Lusht 9-70,  1 TD
  • Jimmy Miller 8-46
  • DJ Smith 4-12
  • Rickey Bronson 1-0 

Whitney Point passing

  • Pagano 4-for-6, 26 yards, 0 TD, 0 int

Chenango Forks passing

  • none

Whitney Point receiving

  • Sam Lothbridge 2-16
  • S. Soeffing 1-8
  • Cody Wood 1-2

Chenango Forks receiving:  

  • none

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Staff report - Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

Chenango Forks (4-0, 3-0), No. 2 behind Jamestown Southwestern in Class C state rankings, plays at Whitney Point (3-1, 1-1) in a Division V game for which portable lights were erected Thursday.
The Blue Devils have allowed nine points this season -- topping Section 4 charts -- and are coming off a 27-6 victory at Walton. The game falls in an especially demanding portion of the schedule in which Forks proceeds to face Chenango Valley and Greene the next two weekends.
Whitney Point was dealt its first loss last week, 26-14 by Greene, and faces a similarly demanding grind of a schedule.
"You look at Chenango Forks and you have to be impressed by the lack of mistakes they make," Golden Eagles coach Mike Hakes said. "They don't give you anything. They make you earn everything."
And so of utmost importance will be tidying things up to avoid a repeat of the five-turnover outing against Greene, which was only compounded by 70 yards worth of penalties.
Call it a refreshing 3-1 start to the season for a Whitney Point program that has struggled in recent seasons.
"We're trying very much to get Whitney Point football back on the right track," said Hakes, citing his 20-player unit's work ethic and confidence in one another as keys in the success. "But it's like turning a battleship, you don't do it on a dime." ...

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