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.