Press & Sun-Bulletin
TOWN OF CHENANGO --Chenango Forks denied
Chenango Valley passage beyond the Blue Devils'
25-yard line until the latter stages of the
fourth quarter Saturday in a streak-extending
21-7 football victory.
Lukas Aston rushed for 117 yards
and three touchdowns as Forks (2-1) sprang back
from a shutout loss served up by Greene five
days before at the same venue.
The outcome made it 18
consecutive Forks wins in this most one-sided of
"Everyone was devastated by the
loss to Greene, especially on our home field,"
said senior fullback Aston. "They just came out
and pushed us around the whole game. We had a
great week of practice. We had to use that as
motivation for CV."
Contrary to Monday's catch-up
attempts against Greene when Forks employed the
forward pass an uncharacteristically high nine
times, it was back to meat-and-potatoes Forks
football Saturday. That was especially evident
on the Devils' second possession.
Ahead by 7-0 and taking over on
downs at its 25-yard line, Forks set in motion a
17-play drive that lasted 8 minutes, 34 seconds
worth of game clock bridging the first two
Aston got the call on 12 of those
plays, including the first five and the last
five, and totaled 50 yards on the possession.
The largest gain was a 13-yarder by Alec
Fleicher on an option to the right against a CV
defense mindful of Aston's No. 43 jersey inside.
Aston rushed for 12 yards to CV's
3-yard line and, following a procedure penalty,
rushed three more times. The TD came from 1 yard
out with 5:02 to play in the half, and Isaiah
Zimmer's PAT kick made it 14-0.
Of Aston's workload, which
brought 18 rushes for 82 first-half yards,
quarterback Zach Jeske said, "It's great. It
gets the defense looking at him, and once they
cheat toward him we take it in a whole different
Forks had taken the lead for
keeps midway through the opening quarter when,
following a three-and-out CV possession to open
play, Aston closed an eight-play, 58-yard drive
by muscling over the left side of the line for a
Down two scores and with its
running game largely contained, CV (0-2) leaned
on the pass to close the first half but
converted on a mere two of nine throws on a pair
of possessions on either side of a Forks lost
Following a Forks punt and CV's
inability to convert on fourth down early in the
third quarter, the Blue Devils set up at CV's
47-yard line with 6:32 left in the quarter and
cleared Jacob Green's path for a 25-yard
advancement on a first-down toss play.
After a pickup of 3 yards by
Fleicher, the ball was in Aston's dependable
hands for five straight plays. The last was a
3-yard scoring run over the left side, and
Zimmer's PAT made it 21-0 with 3:18 left in the
The game lapsed into a sloppy
spell early in the fourth quarter, with Forks
losing two fumbles and the Warriors losing
another. The last of those turnovers was
recovered by CV's Trevor Henige at the Warriors'
13-yard line with 7:36 to play.
CV quarterback Kevin Cox made
good on five of six passes -- with four
teammates sharing the receiving -- on an 87-yard
scoring drive. The Warriors' first points of the
season came courtesy of a Cox-to-Zack Collins
pass that covered 19 yards with 4:09 to play.
Asked to identify his squad's
most significant improvement made from Monday's
loss to Saturday, Devils coach David Hogan said,
"Moving the ball and finishing,
that's what we talked about. It's not going to
do any good if you move the ball down to the 20
and then self-destruct or get stuffed. We've got
"We've got to take it in, and we
did that three times today."