Chenango Forks Varsity Football
1 vs Unatego
Blue Devils crunch
fifteenth straight season
Articles courtesy of the
Binghamton Press &
Sun-Bulletin and the Oneonta Daily Star
A Debut Of Dominance
Chenango Forks' powerful run game earn big victory
By Kevin Stevens
Press & Sun-Bulletin
TOWN OF CHENANGO - Four Chenango Forks touchdowns
to three Unatego first downs in Saturday's opening half fairly
well captures what the teams' football season opener was all
The Blue Devils manhandled Unatego in a 35-6 rout that brought
139 rushing yards on 23 carries - before halftime, on searing
artificial turf - by fullback Isaiah Zimmer.
Forks' first four possessions went for scores, the first
covering 12 plays and the fourth lasting 11 - and concluded with
a forward pass of all things.
"This win was big," two-way lineman Mike Doll said. "Last year,
we had a nasty taste in our mouth and we wanted to get that
Part of that unpleasantness to gargle away came in the form of a
21-0 loss to Unatego in Week 7 of 2011, a setback these Blue
Devils were bent on avenging.
Zimmer, a 190-pound junior, carried for 14 yards on the first
play from scrimmage and rushed eight more times on the initial
Blue Devils' drive. That began at their 40 and ended with Ethan
Cook carrying across from the 1-yard line 6:12 into the contest.
The first of consecutive Unatego three-and-outs followed and,
after a 14-yard punt, the Devils took possession at the
Spartans' 42. Five Zimmer rushes advanced to the 7, Ryan Bronson
took a pitch 6 yards before being sent out of bounds, and Zimmer
finished by scoring on his feet.
The second of sophomore Jack Sherwood's 5for-5 PAT showing made
it 14-0 with 2:14 to play in the quarter.
The third touchdown drive began at Forks' 48yard line and
featured a 22-yard rush by quarterback John Colm Sweeney, who
feigned a handoff to Zimmer to spring himself into space. To
that juncture, Zimmer had carried 16 times in under 11 minutes -
what defense wouldn't gnaw on that fake?
The first play of the second quarter brought an 18-yard rushing
touchdown by Zimmer, who was gift-wrapped free sailing into the
secondary. That play as much as any illustrated the quality work
done up front. Big boys primarily responsible for Saturday's
one-sided first half: D.J. Jones, Zach Ford, Mike Doll, Hunter
Luybli, Jack Barnett and Taylor Lindsey.
"A lot of times Isaiah was getting tackled by the safety -
untouched until he got to the safety," Forks coach David Hogan
said. "And not just Isaiah but our other backs as well. You know
there are a lot of nice things going on up front when that
The Blue Devils had to work for their fourth touchdown, facing
96 yards of turf after Sherwood intercepted a Unatego pass four
minutes into the second quarter.
Where to start? How 'bout three successive rushes by Zimmer out
to the 28, then back-to-back change-ups by Jake Green that went
for 11 and 19, respectively. Biggest pickup of the drive was a
31-yard burst by Colm Sweeney, again after simulating an
exchange to Ironman.
The score came on a roll right/pass right on which Colm Sweeney
found Cody DeOrdio in the end zone.
Asked to size up his teams first-half showing, Doll said: "We
made a couple mistakes, they can be fixed. That was only one
step. Each day, we get better."
While offensive execution experienced a significant drop-off
after halftime, Blue Devils defenders remained sharp. Unatego's
first four second-half possessions netted minus-5 yards, and its
fifth was halted when Nick Cannon intercepted a pass with 6:18
remaining in the game.
"That's definitely a good offensive team with a lot of weapons.
We played very well today," Hogan understated.
Ahead for Forks is a Friday-night trip to Oneonta, which figures
to be a hair riled up after being dealt a 45-7 thumping by
The Oneonta Daily Star
Chenango Forks 35, Unatego 6
Fullback Isaiah Zimmer
scored three touchdowns in the first half, helping host Chenango
Forks to a 28-0 lead in a non-division Section Four Football
Conference game as the Blue Devils avenged a 21-0 loss to the
Spartans last season.
“Their line is pretty much
the same as last season,” said Unatego coach Frank Microni,
whose team went 5-4 last season. “They’re just big and strong,
and they execute very well. We had a hard time in the first half
just handling them up front.”
The Spartans avoided the
shutout when Josh Feyerabend scored on a 13-yard run in the
“I’m not happy about the
loss,” Microni said. “After the game I thought we were in a lot
of trouble, but after watching the film I’m not as concerned.”
Unatego quarterbacks Tyler
Butler and Feyerabend combined to go 3-for-17 for 37 yards and
“It was a combination of
everything,” Microni said of his team’s passing difficulties.
“We had some bad throws, we dropped some balls and they played
good defense. I thought our offensive line handled their
pressure well when we did throw. It was a combination of things
and it’s nothing we can’t correct.”
Unatego travels to Seton on
“We just have to execute and
we have to be fundamentally sound,” Microni said. “We’ll work
all week at getting fundamentally sound. If we do our stuff, we
do good stuff. Blocking-wise we had chances for some big plays,
but we were blocking the wrong guys.”
FULL game statistics not as of yet
available, just individual stats.
- CF - E. Cook 1y run (J. Sherwood kick)
- CF - I. Zimmer 1y run (Sherwood kick)
- CF - Zimmer 18y run (Sherwood kick)
- CF - C. DeOrdio 7y pass from JC Sweeney (Sherwood
- CF - J. Green 3y run (Sherwood kick)
- U - J. Feyerabend 13y run (kick failed)
- Kellen Komenda 6-36
- Kevin Thayer 5-17
- Josh Feyerabend 1-13, 1 TD
- Tyler Butler 6-11
- David VanAlstine 5-4
- Josh Wingate 1-0
- Isaiah Zimmer 25-148, 2 TD
- John Colm Sweeney 5-68
- Jacob Green 12-54, 1 TD
- Devin Ellis 3-21
- Seron Mullings 4-14
- Ethan Cook 3-11, 1 TD
- Ryan Bronson 2-8
- Elliot Butler 1-(-1)
- Tyler Butler 2-for-14, 15y, 1 int.
- Josh Feyerabend 1-for-3, 22y, 1 int.
- JC Sweeney, 2-for-4, 24y, 1 TD, 1 int.
- David VanAlstine 2-22
- Josh Wingate 1-15
- Ryan Bronson 1-17y
- Cody DeOrdio 1-7y, 1 TD
JV Score: CF at Dryden cancelled due to no referees showing up. Great job by the Dryden Athletic Director, who was on vacation!
By Rob Centorani
Oneonta - The Daily Star
Unatego at Chenango Forks
1:00 p.m. Saturday
In one of the more shocking results from last season, the Spartans put a 21-0 hurting on the most successful Section Four program since 2000.
"They're not going to want to just beat us, they're going to want to beat us pretty good," Unatego Coach Frank Microni said. "If we're not ready, they'll run us over, remembering what happened last year when we beat them there. It's going to be a tough game, but tougher non-league games will prepare us for our league."
The Spartans scrimmaged three Section Two (Albany area) teams last Saturday.
"I'm very happy at this point with our interior line," Microni said of group that includes senior center Jordin Mayo. "We're not going to be bigger than anybody, but we knew our assignments. Defensively, we lost some keys, but overall we played OK. There's always room for improvement."
Published Tuesdays in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
Fullback's full load
Isaiah Zimmer debuted as Chenango Forks' No. 1 fullback with a 25-carry, 148-yard effort in Saturday's 35-6 romp past Unatego. But, upon review: Seventeen of those rushes were in the opening quarter and went for 92 yards.
What, coach David Hogan worry?
"To be completely honest, I don't even think about that a lot of times," he said of the workload. "Whatever's working is going. Our fullbacks have always had to be in shape, they're the workhorse. Whatever play's working. If that happens to be our fullback, that's what we're going with."
Said center Mike Doll: "He's a great runner, a power runner. He's in excellent shape, excellent. He's ready for anything. That kid is tough."