Chenango Forks Varsity Football
7 vs Greene
Blue Devils win
Articles courtesy of the
Binghamton Press &
Sun-Bulletin & the The Evening Sun
Miller leads undefeated Forks past Greene
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
Chenango Forks remained unbeaten Friday night
with a 33-14 victory over host Greene in Section 4 Football
Conference Division V action.
Jim Miller rushed for 94 yards and three touchdowns to lead the
Blue Devils (7-0, 3-0), who are ranked second in the New York
State Sports Writers Association Class C poll.
Miller scored on runs of 15 and 43 yards in the second half to
help Chenango Forks overcome a 7-6 halftime deficit. He also
scored on a 9-yard run on the game's first drive.
Casey Lanave added 88 passing yards and connected with Derek
Foster for two touchdowns for the Blue Devils, who have
outscored the opposition, 256-79. Foster had 52 receiving yards.
Greene tailback Kurt Shear racked up 166 rushing yards and two
touchdowns to pass the 1,000-yard rushing mark this season.
Shear scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and added a
3-yard touchdown run in the fourth for the Trojans (4-3, 1-2).
"It was a physical, hard-hitting football game," Greene coach
Tim Paske said. "During the first half both teams executed
pretty well and it was great for our confidence to have the lead
at halftime. We had some costly turnovers in the second half,
which allowed them to get their offense going. But our kids hung
Forks shows it has more than just a
The Evening Sun - Norwich
GREENE – Chenango Forks didn’t even attempt a pass its first two
games of the season. Over the past two weeks, the Blue Devils
have proven that not only is the forward pass a nice tool in
their offensive shed, but they are pretty darn skilled at it as
Jimmy Miller followed up his four-TD day a week ago at Sidney
with three TD runs against Greene Friday, and quarterback Casey
Lanave threw a pair of second-half TD passes to Derek Foster in
a 33-14 win here Friday night.
Lanave was 4-for-4 for 88 yards – all in the second half – and
he had another TD pass in the second half called back due to
penalty. Forks was particularly effective in its second-half
execution with all four scoring drives taking no longer than 2
minutes and 41 seconds.
Greene held possession of the ball for 17 out of 24 minutes in
the second half, but three turnovers – and three other fumbles –
gave the visiting Blue Devils a welcomed boost. “One of the keys
we talked about all week was taking care of the football,” said
Greene coach Tim Paske. “We put the ball on the ground in the
second half, and that definitely hurt us. You’re not going to
win many games when you do that, especially against a team like
Greene gave up a score to Forks on the first drive of the game,
but bounced back after forcing a Forks turnover driving 64 yards
on 16 plays – and using over eight minutes of possession time –
to tie the game on Kurt Shear’s one-yard scoring run. The
extra-point by Tim Gell gave Greene a 7-6 lead at halftime.
Greene had the ball after the second-half kickoff, and moved
across midfield after a first down. A fourth-down pass, though,
by Keegan Cerwinski was picked off Lanave, who returned it to
the 44. On the second play after the change of possession,
Lanave’s first pass of the game was on the money to Ryan Lamond
gaining 27 yards. Miller capped the drive with a 15-yard run up
the middle to give Forks the lead.
Greene gained a first down on its next sequence, but a bad
handoff exchange on a reverse to running back Kevin Beers was
recovered at the Greene 26 by Alec Fletcher. An ineligible
receiver penalty on the next play wiped away Miller’s 26-yard TD
reception from Lanave. No matter, Lanave went up top on a
second-and-long pass to Foster for a 28-yard score. Lanave kept
the passing success coming when he found Zach Kolb on the
two-point conversion raising the lead to 20-7.
Greene had one more significant offensive drive as Kurt Shear
carried the ball seven times on a 10-play, 65-yard scoring
drive. Kyle Stanton added two key runs, and Shear’s three-yard
scoring run along with Gell’s boot on the point-after pulled
Greene to within six points.
From there, it was a combination of Forks offensive precision
and Greene turnovers that led to the final two scores.
A short kickoff gave Forks the ball at midfield, and Miller
popped a 43-yard TD run up the middle completing a 49-yard drive
in all of 80 seconds.
Greene fumbled the ball on the next possession, and Forks needed
just 1:50 of time to capitalize. Lanave tossed a 24-yard
touchdown pass to Foster, who out jumped Greene’s Jeremy Flohr
for the ball at the goal line.
“Defensively, we had a couple of breakdowns,” Paske said. “We
had guys in position. Sometimes we made the play, sometimes we
Shear continued to get the lion’s share of the carries
throughout the game carrying it 36 times for 166 yards, that
rushing total the highest individual total against Forks this
season. “I’d rather have the win (than the yards),” Paske said
of Shear’s performance. “The players are really hurting after
this, and they’re disappointed because they know they can play
against this team.”
- CF - Jimmy Miller 9y run (kick failed)
- G - Kurt Shear 1y run (Tim Gell kick)
- CF - Miller 15y run (run failed)
- CF - Derek Foster 28y pass from Casey LaNave
(Zach Kolb pass from LaNave)
- G - Shear 3y run (Gell kick)
- CF - Miller 43y run (pass failed)
- CF - LaNave 24y pass to Foster (Rusty Bronson
- Kurt Shear 36-166
- Keegan Cerwinski 12-37
- Kyle Stanton 2-12
- Kevin Beers 3-9
- Jeff Carlin 5-6
- Josh Brigham 1-(-7)
- Jim Miller 11-94
- Ryan Lusht 8-29
- Casey LaNave 6-20
- Ryan Lamond 6-19
- #14 1-(-1)
- Keegan Cerwinski 2-for-7, 1 yard, 1 int
- LaNave 4-for-4, 88 yards, 2 TDs
- Dan Treadwell 1-1
- Jeff Carlin 1-0
- Derek Foster 2-52
- Ryan Lamond 1-27
- Jim Miller 1-9
JV Score: CF 18, Greene 14 (CF 5-0-1)
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
None of note
The Evening Sun - Norwich
Chenango Forks (2-0, 6-0), at Greene (1-1, 4-2), Friday, 7 p.m.
The Trojans have rushed for over 300 yards in four of six games, and average 287 yards per game. They will need numbers in that territory if they are to succeed against Chenango Forks tonight.
The Blue Devils rushed for nearly 500 yards a week ago in a wild 44-36 win at Sidney, and for the first time this season, Greene plays a team that has a more prolific running game than itself.
"They're committed to the run, and they want to control the tempo of the game by running the ball and knocking other people off the ball," said Greene coach Tim Paske.
Paske noted the Devils' four-headed monster in the backfield, led by Jimmy Miller, who had 242 yards and four TDs against Sidney. Twin brothers Tyler and Ryan Lusht have breakaway speed and test the edges, and Casey Lanave, at quarterback, seems to have the Forks option offense down pat. "They're definitely tough to stop, and they have some big horses blocking up front," Paske said.
Greene has history working against it, too. Chenango Forks has not lost a road game against Section IV opposition since the 1999 season (a loss to Norwich), and in its brief stay in Class C division play, has not lost to a Section IV team. Web editor note - the last Chenango Forks loss at an opponents field was actually in September 2000 at Oneonta, not 1999 in Norwich.
"Not too many teams have beaten them the last few years," Paske said. "We feel that if we can execute our game plan, it will give our kids a shot."
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