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
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
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
Coach Mike Hakes was enthused with the way his
team came out in a rare Friday night atmosphere against a
"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