TOWN OF CHENANGO -- Greene defended
Chenango Forks into four turnovers and limited the Blue
Devils to 120 rushing yards Monday in a 21-0 football
Dan Dickman, Cole Browning and Jeff
Carlin scored a touchdown apiece for the Trojans, who
limited Forks to 3.3 yards per rushing attempt and did
not turn over the ball on their way to the Division V
The Blue Devils snapped the football
three times inside Greene's 20-yard line -- on their
final three offensive plays, last of which resulted in
The lead was Greene's for keeps once
Dickman rushed 2 yards for a score with 7:45 elapsed,
nine plays after Forks lost a fumble at its 36-yard
Seven Greene ball carriers rushed for a
collective 180 yards, seven times gaining two-digit
yardage. The production was largely attributable to work
done by tackles Isaiah Webb and Dan Haskell, guards
Garrett Huttleson and Trevor Flohr, and center Chris
Kehoe, who average a stout 254 yards per teen-ager.
"Up front, our guys made a commitment to
the weight room this past offseason," Trojans coach Tim
Paske said. "We have a good crew up there and they
believe in each other. We talk about going one play at a
time, one first down at a time. We know that up front if
we come off the football, we're going to make yardage."
Chenango Forks (1-1) trailed by 7-0 to
begin the third quarter, and forced Greene to punt from
its 35-yard line after gaining one first down. The punt,
however, strayed beyond Forks' deep safety and was
downed by the Trojans at the 12-yard line.
On the Devils' third play of possession,
a pitch gone awry was recovered by Greene's Keegan
Cerwinski at the 16. After three plays netted zero yards
-- and the Trojans pounced on a fumble of their own --
Joe Beckwith found Browning with a fourth-and-10 pass
just across the goal line on the visitors' side of the
field with 4:50 to play in the quarter. Tim Gell's PAT
kick made it 14-0.
Forks proceeded to drive 23 yards on
seven plays to Greene's 48-yard line, but the Trojans'
Ricky Carbone felled Joe Aston after a 1-yard gain on
Two plays later, Greene's Mike Beckwith
tore off on a 25-yard rush that started inside to
advance to Forks' 26-yard line on the final play of the
Five consecutive rushes brought the
football to Forks' 15, from which point Carlin headed
off on a run to his left and crossed the goal line
standing for the final TD with 8:39 remaining.
Mike Beckwith's 67 yards came on six
carries and topped Greene rushers, three of his
second-half runs going for 18 or more yards.
"The nice thing is, our five offensive
linemen only play on offense," Paske said. "That really
keeps our guys fresh. Through four quarters it's a long
game, and (Forks) had a lot of guys going two ways. I
think that makes a big difference."
Of the Trojans' effectiveness rushing
inside, Blue Devils coach David Hogan said, "I guess
you'd have to attribute that to their offensive line. On
the trap up the middle, it looked like they were moving
Hogan added, "There was no doubt that
today they were the better team, in all phases of the
game; there's no doubt about that."
Carlin and Dickman intercepted a pass
apiece, the latter to squelch a screen pass on Forks'
final offensive play.
Forks had beaten Greene by an aggregate
54-14 the previous two seasons, but the Trojans reversed
that trend impressively in a game originally scheduled
to be played Saturday but postponed as result of
"We had two practices, Saturday and
Sunday, and Saturday I was nervous because it was ugly,"
Paske said. "Three days off, guys were a little
lethargic. Sunday was a lot better when guys were
focused, and we came out and did it."