BINGHAMTON -- Chenango Forks scored
touchdowns on its first four possessions of each half
Saturday in a 55-7 trouncing of Trumansburg to advance
to Section 4's Class C football final.
Three Blue Devils rushers had 70-plus
yards by halftime, at which stage it was 28-7, and the
reigning champions repeatedly capitalized on short
fields thereafter to ease away at Binghamton Alumni
Ahead for second-ranked Forks (9-0) is
the title game against Sidney (8-1), scheduled for 1
p.m. Saturday at Union-Endicott. The Devils prevailed in
a 44-36 shootout Oct. 8 at Sidney.
Fullback Jimmy Miller scored the first
three TDs, and quarterback Casey LaNave the first two of
the second half for the Devils, whose ground game
accounted for the entirety of their 408 yards of
offense. At the midway point, they'd rushed for 255
yards -- 8 1/2 per carry -- a good bit of it to the
"They really caught us on the edge. I
won't say by surprise, but we were so geared up for
their power game, on the toss sweep our kids were
getting pinned so they got the big plays," Blue Raiders
coach John Dunlap said.
"If you haven't seen us much, maybe you
don't truly know how fast some of our kids in the
backfield really are," Forks coach David Hogan said.
"But they were giving it to us and we kept going to it
until they made some adjustments. They did a good job of
that, and then it was time to move on to some other
Ten Forks rushes went for double-digit
gains in the opening half, with brothers Ryan and Tyler
Lusht accounting for seven of those -- two apiece of 20
Miller's scoring runs came from 17, 2 and
5 yards, and a 3-yard carry inside by Ryan Lusht coupled
with his brother's run around end for two points gave
the Devils a 28-7 advantage 3:23 before halftime.
Come the third quarter, Forks ran away
from T-burg (6-3) by capitalizing on Raiders miscues.
Forks' Zach Jeske got a hand on a T-burg punt that
resulted in first down from the Raiders' 29, and three
plays later LaNave went 14 yards on an option keeper to
score. Another T-burg punt gone awry gave Forks
possession 19 yards out. After a 5-yard penalty, LaNave
kept on the option for another 14-yard score, this time
untouched by a defender.
The second of those TDs stretched the
lead to 42-7 with 3:39 to play in the third quarter.
Zach Jeske and Travis Barnett added
crisply effective scoring runs of 11 and 6 yards,
respectively, as Forks moved within one win of its ninth
sectional championship in the last 10 seasons.
"Mainly, we wanted to come out here and
stay focused and play hard, because we know we have to
raise the bar a little bit," Ryan Lusht said of the
"I thought we started a little bit slow, but maybe
late-first, early-second quarter, I thought we picked it
up pretty good," Hogan said. "I think we executed pretty
Quarterback Andrew Peterson of T-burg led
all rushers with 112 yards, 85 of them coming on two
plays. Aside from those 39- and 46-yard advancements,
the Raiders were limited to 105 yards of offense.