2011 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 6 vs Sidney
Blue Devils blank the Warriors 25-0

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Chenango Forks blanks Sidney in football

Written by
Tom Parker
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
TOWN OF CHENANGO -- A week after rolling to a 41-point road victory over Seton Catholic Central, Chenango Forks picked up right where they left off with a 25-0 win against visiting Division V foe Sidney on Saturday at Blue Devil Stadium.
The Blue Devils (4-2, 1-1) rushed for nearly 300 yards against Sidney (3-2, 1-1), with Zach Jeske leading the way with 123 yards and two touchdowns. Jeske had two of the biggest plays of the game for Chenango Forks, breaking through for a 51-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and adding a 61-yard scoring run on the final play of the third quarter.
"We were running the option well and getting them to cheat to one side a little bit on a few plays," Jeske said. "I was able to break through a couple times and our guys did a great job blocking all the way down the field."
Jeske added a 19-yard touchdown pass to Richard Faith early in the fourth quarter to finish off the scoring for Chenango Forks. Lukas Aston also rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown for the Blue Devils, who have won three out of their last four games.
"We definitely feel pretty good about how we're playing," Chenango Forks coach Dave Hogan said. "Holding a good Sidney team to zero points shows how well our defense can play. This is definitely a big win."
The Blue Devils started the game quickly, capping off a 79-yard opening drive with a 3-yard touchdown run by Aston. Following an exchange of punts, Jeske faked the option pitch on a third down play and sprinted down the sideline with 13 seconds left in the first quarter to give Chenango Forks a 12-0 edge.
The Blue Devils threatened to increase their lead in the second quarter with a 16-play drive that eventually stalled at the Sidney 5-yard line. Although the Warriors were unable to get their offense going in the first half, their defense held Chenango Forks scoreless for the rest of the half to keep the score at 12-0.
"We had a couple missed assignments that cost us," Sidney coach Jeff Matthews said. "Our kids worked hard to try to stop them but they run the option so well."
The Warriors put together their best drive of the game to start the third quarter, marching from their own 37 all the way down to a first-and-goal situation at the 9-yard line. After being stopped on three straight plays, Sidney quarterback Patrick Vibbard connected with Jon Wingate near the goal line but the Blue Devils stuffed Wingate a foot from the end zone to preserve their 12-point lead.
"It was a huge play in the game," Matthews said. "We score there and all of a sudden it's a one possession game."
After another exchange in possessions, the Warriors put the game away with two touchdowns in less than two minutes.
On the last play of the third quarter, Jeske faked another option pass and ran 61 yards to the end zone. After Sidney muffed the ensuing kickoff to start the fourth quarter, Jeske connected with Faith for 19 yards just four plays later to finish off the scoring for Chenango Forks.

Sidney, Delhi part of rough weekend for area football teams

The Daily Star

Visiting Sidney was held to fewer than 100 total yards Saturday in losing a key Section Four Football Conference Division V game, 25-0, at Chenango Forks.

The Warriors (3-2, 1-1) had no answer for Blue Devils quarterback Zach Jeske, who scored on runs of 51 and 61 yards, and hit Richard Faith on a 19-yard scoring pass. Jeske rushed for 123 yards and teammate Lukas Ashton ran 23 times for 101 yards for Forks (4-2, 1-1).

As a team, Sidney ran for 15 yards.

The Warriors, 44-16 losers to Forks in last season's Section Four Class C final, close the season with Division V games against visiting Unadilla Valley/Edmeston on Friday and at unbeaten Greene on Oct. 21. Sidney will need to win both games to have any chance to make the Class C playoffs.


01 02 03 04   Tot
Chenango Forks 12 0 6 7 - 25
Sidney 0 0 0 0 - 0
  • CF - Lukas Aston 3y run (kick failed)
  • CF - Zach Jeske 51y run (pass failed)
  • CF - Jeske 61y run (kick failed)
  • CF - Richard Faith 19 pass from Jeske (Isaiah Zimmer kick)

TEAM STATISTICS  Online game stats from Gannett newspapers

  Sidney CF
First Downs 5 19
Rushes-Yards 17-15 56-284
Passing Yards 78 48
Comp-Att-Int 5-20-0 5-9-0
Total Offense 38-108 65-332
Punts-Ave yards 5-33.0 2-33.0
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 3-15 2-25


Sidney rushing

  • Nate McDonald 3-13
  • Brandon Walters 6-9
  • Austin McCarroll 3-8
  • Cody Bourn 1-0
  • Jon Wingate 2-(-2)
  • Patrick Vibbard 2-(-13)

Chenango Forks rushing

  • Zach Jeske 10-123, 2 TDs
  • Lukas Aston 23-101, 1 TD
  • Isaiah Zimmer 5-32
  • Alec Fleicher 3-11
  • John Colm Sweeney 7-11
  • Joe Fassett 3-8
  • Ryan Bronson 1-2
  • Ethan Cook 1-1
  • Nick Cannon 3-(-5)

Sidney passing

  • Patrick Vibbard 4-for-14, 66y
  • Nate McDonald 1-for-6, 12y

Chenango Forks passing

  • Zach Jeske 5-for-9, 48y, 1 TD, 0 int.

Sidney receiving

  • Jon Wingate 2-48
  • Austin McCarroll 2-26
  • Damian Zimmer 1-4

Chenango Forks receiving:  

  • Richard Faith 2-26, 1 TD
  • Ethan Cook 1-11
  • Alec Fleicher 1-7
  • Jacob Green 1-4

JV Score: CF won 14-0

Preview Article(s) 

Sidney to visit Forks

BY Rob Centorani
Oneonta Daily Star
Sidney's path to a second straight Section Four Class C playoff berth might hinge on Saturday's outcome at Forks.
"What comes to mind isn't that team, it's that program," Sidney coach Jeff Matthews said of the Blue Devils, who've won sectional titles in all but one year since 2001. That streak includes Class B state championships in 2003 and 2004. "Right now, they haven't done exactly what they want, but their focus isn't on each individual game. Their focus is on getting back to the playoffs, winning sectionals and moving in on states. We know they're getting better every week."
Greene (5-0, 2-0) appears to be a safe bet for one of Division V's two playoff spots, having already beaten Forks. With Sidney downing D-V rival Unatego, 20-0, last week, the Warriors would be in prime position to take the second spot with a win over Forks.
Sidney also could avenge its lone losses from an 8-2 campaign a year ago, including a 44-16 drubbing by Forks in the Section Four Class C final.
"Every week, we're getting better and better," junior Nate McDonald said after throwing a touchdown pass and scoring on an interception return at Unatego last week.
The Warriors have beaten Norwich, Lansing and Unatego by a combined score of 62-12 since opening with a 73-14 loss at Johnson City.

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