2012 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 12 vs Hornell

Red Raiders 20, Blue Devils 7
Hornell to try four fourth consecutive championship next week

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Chenango Forks can't hang on in football semifinal

Raiders extend winning streak to 51 games

Mike Mangan - Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

ROCHESTER ­ Chenango Forks coach Dave Hogan felt coming into Saturday’s contest that Hornell would represent the greatest test his team had faced this season.

Much to his and the Blue Devils’ chagrin, the Red Raiders proved him right.

Richie Harkenrider passed for 190 yards and two first-half touchdowns, Zack Bacon rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown, and Hornell’s defense shut down Forks in a 20-7 Class C state semifinal victory at Sahlen’s Stadium.

It was the 51st straight victory for Hornell (12-0), the top-ranked team in Class C that will seek a fourth straight state title next weekend at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse after capturing Class B titles each of the past three years.

After scintillating victories each of the past two weeks ­ a 28-21 state quarterfinal victory over Skaneateles last Saturday and a 28-27 overtime victory over Waverly in the Section 4 title game ­ Forks (11-1) finally ran out of magic.

The Blue Devils mustered 143 yards of offense to Hornell’s 389. Forks’ Isaiah Zimmer, who had tallied more than 1,400 yards rushing entering Saturday, was limited to 72 yards on 21 carries and quarterback John Colm Sweeney managed just 59 yards on 8-for-15 passing.

Despite the yardage disparity, Forks managed to hang around for much of Saturday’s game, thanks in part to three Hornell turnovers. One of those came after a muffed punt by Hornell was recovered by Nick Cannon at the Red Raiders’ 5-yard line midway through the second quarter.

Two plays later, Zimmer scored a 6-yard touchdown run and it was a 12-7 Hornell lead with 4:16 left.

It was then that Bacon took over for Hornell.

On the Red Raiders’ first drive of the second half, the bruising 6-foot, 230-pound fullback ripped off a 35-yard run on third-and-9 to the Forks’ 9, and carried it three straight times thereafter, scoring on a 3-yard run as Hornell increased its lead to 20-7 with 4:52 left in the third quarter.

Forks’ ensuing drive stalled at the Hornell 21 when Zimmer was stopped for a 2-yard gain on fourth-and-4, and Bacon changed field position with a 33-yard run that moved Hornell into Forks’ territory.

Forks eventually stopped Hornell’s scoring threat at the 1, but by the time the Blue Devils regained possession, there was only 4:24 remaining in the game.

Turnovers by Forks on back-to-back possessions followed, and the Blue Devils’ season was over.

“You just didn’t feel like you could just grind it all the way down the field like we did against so many opponents this year,” Hogan said. “We had to mix it up and throw some things in there. It just didn’t work out (Saturday).”

For much of the first half, Forks managed to keep Hornell’s ground game in check. It was unable to do likewise with the Red Raiders’ passing game.

Harkenrider passed for 170 of his 190 yards over the first two quarters, tossing touchdown passes in each of them.

The first touchdown came via a 74-yard play to Brendan Buisch on Hornell’s second possession, Buisch hauling in Harkenrider’s pass at midfield and outracing a Forks defender give Hornell a 6-0 lead with 7:06 left.

Hornell made it 12-0 just three minutes into the second quarter. On third-and-11 from the Forks’ 22, Julian Reinhart made a leaping grab of a Harkenrider pass between two defenders in the end zone.

“We saw we had a little bit of an advantage, their corners were a little bit shorter,” Hornell coach Erik Werner said.

After Forks got on the scoreboard on Zimmer’s touchdown, Hornell nearly regained its double-digit lead later in the first half, getting to the Forks’ 21 in the final minute when Buisch caught a tipped pass for a 38-yard gain. But two plays later, Cannon intercepted a Harkenrider pass in the end zone to keep it 12-7.

Hornell switched gears offensively in the second half, leaning on the running game. That, combined with four quarters of solid defense, was plenty enough in halting Forks’ quest for its first state-title game berth since 2007.

“This one’s gonna hurt, you get this far and you want to keep going,” Hogan said. “Having time to reflect on it, these kids have nothing to be ashamed of. They played hard, worked hard and had an outstanding season.”

Here we go again: Hornell dismantles Forks, makes 4th straight trip to Carrier Dome

Hornell Evening Tribune
Rochester, N.Y. ­

In Texas, they call it the “Thinning of the Herd.”

In New York, consider it “Survival of the Fittest.”

The Hornell football Red Raiders systematically dismantled Chenango Forks, employing the “ground and pound” strategy to snap a two-game skid against the Blue Devils and find their way back to the Carrier Dome for a fourth consecutive season with a 20-7 victory, Saturday afternoon at Sahlen’s Stadium.

Ironically, only Forks has made more trips in succession to the championship game in New York state.

“I might look it up, if I get some time, but I know no one has won four in a row,” HHS first-year head coach Erik Werner said when asked about the record books. “I told the kids that we’re going to try and make history. Obviously, we want to win every week, but a win this week is historic in New York state. We’re going to enjoy it tonight, get right back to work early in the morning and have a great week of practice.

“We ignore it. We try not to even mention it,” Werner continued. “We mentioned it after we won No. 50 because it was the Section V record. We acknowledged it because there were so many teams ahead of us and so many great teams from Hornell contributed to that, but we won’t think about it until after this week. Fifty-two is fifty-two. We just want one. We want to be 1-0 after this week. We’ll add up the rest later.”

The Blue Devils finish 11-1 and one game short of their ultimate destination. Not bad for a team which failed to make the postseason just one year ago.

“This one is going to hurt and we just told the kids that,” Forks head coach David Hogan said. “It’s going to hurt obviously because when you get this far you want to keep going. But after you have time to reflect on it, we have nothing to be ashamed of. Our kids played so hard. They worked hard and had an absolutely outstanding season.”

Hornell’s stay in its first two trips to the NYS Final Four was cut short by Forks. In 2004, the Raiders suffered a 27-7 semifinal loss, and a heart-breaking 21-20 defeat just a year later. Saturday’s triumph seemed to earn a measure of payback ­ almost eight years later.

“Different teams, different everything. But history is history,” Werner said. “It’s not as though teams forget anything, especially when both of these teams have such great tradition behind them.

“Those guys over there are going to be here next year. They’ll be in the Final Four, I can almost guarantee it. I wish all the best to them. They had a great season and I know they’ll be a handful next year.”

For now, however, all the glory belongs to Werner’s “Big Red Machine.”

“This is the toughest team we’ve seen. We felt that going in and we certainly know that coming out,” Hogan said. “Definitely the toughest team we’ve seen. Not only because they had won 50 straight games, but when you watch them in film, the more you watch, the more you were impressed with them ­ on both sides of the ball.”

It wasn’t easy though.

HHS held a minimal 12-7 advantage at halftime, despite a 232-72 gap in total offense and 9-3 differential in the first-down column.

“There was an interesting attitude at halftime. The kids weren’t down, they weren’t panicking, but they weren’t entirely happy either. They knew they could play better,” Werner said. “I said, ‘Listen, you play the same half as you just did in the second half and you win 24-14.’ When we came back out, I think they took that as a challenge. They took it upon themselves to say, ‘we’re going to stop them and we’re going to go down and punch it in.’

“There were no adjustments. There were no adjustments at halftime, and I doubt Forks made any either. I said it earlier in the week, ‘a leopard doesn’t change it’s spots.’ Our kids take pride in the fact that they can wear opponents down with their size and physical ability. And it doesn’t hurt when you have a 240-pound freight train as a fullback, sometimes tailback. That’s definitely something we have as a goal ­ wear the opponent down and keep pounding it. We had two great teams battling and we just happened to come out on top this week.”

“I don’t think anyone was really satisfied with the score (at halftime),” Zack Bacon, who ended up with 152 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries, said. “We knew we were ahead, but you really didn’t feel that in the locker room. We knew we hadn’t won yet ­ we just wanted to get back out on the field, continue to play our brand of football, pounding the ball and getting after them.”

Even so, the Red Raiders’ air attack seemingly made all the difference. Richie Harkenrider completed nine of his 15 attempts for 190 yards and two touchdowns. The first scoring strike came with just under five minutes expired in the first quarter on what would prove to be a 74-yard pitch-and-catch to Brendan Buisch. The third-and-three play measured about 20-or-so yards through the air and the speedy senior receiver did the rest of the work from there. Three minutes into the second quarter, Julian Reinhart would pick up where he left off last week, hauling in a 22-yard pass from Harkenrider in the right corner of the end zone.

“That was a great play,” Hogan said. “It was in a spot where only he could catch it and he made a heck of a catch, too.

“It’s frustrating. Quite often I felt as though we had them covered. Hats off to them, they made some nice catches and the quarterback made some really nice throws, too. “We knew they had that 1-2 punch at running back and, again, they certainly some big plays passing the ball.”

Bacon’s three-yard plunge with 4:52 left in the third quarter followed up successive 35 and 13-yard runs. The nine-play, 62-yard scoring drive spanned 4:08 and put HHS back up by 12. Harkenrider hooked up with Reinhart again on the ensuing two-point conversion, accounting for the final difference on the tally sheets.

“I thought our offensive line, both of our backs, our tight ends and even our receivers, they all blocked tremendously well,” Werner said. “We wanted to establish a vertical running game and we did that. I was very, very pleased with our effort in that regard. But Richie and Julian and Brennan, and our tight ends again, all came up with some big passing plays when we had to. That’s what we want to do ­ we want to be physical, we want to run the ball forward and then hit them with play-action passes when they present themselves. It worked pretty well today.”

The Blue Devils were limited to 135 yards of offense, including just 63 in the second half of play. They trailed in both first downs, 16-9, and total time of possession, 25:11-to-21:53.

“It was a grind. But on the same hand, you just didn’t feel like you could grind it all the way down the field like we were able to do against so many opponents this year,” Hogan said. “You felt like you had to mix it up and throw some different things in there. It just didn’t work out for us this week.

“We knew we were going to have to throw the ball. And again, it just didn’t work out that way today.”


01 02 03 04   Tot
Chenango Forks 0 7 0 0 - 7
Hornell 6 6 8 0 - 20
  • Ho - Brendan Buisch 74y pass from Richie Harkenrider (kick failed)
  • Ho - Julian Reinhart 22y pass from Harkenrider (run failed)
  • CF - Isaiah Zimmer 6y run (Tony Silvanic kick)
  • Ho - Zack Bacon 3y run (Reinhart pass from Harkenrider)

TEAM STATISTICS  (NOTE: Enhanced stats from the NYSPHSAA are at the page's bottom)

  Hornell CF
First Downs 14 8
Rushes-Yards 44-199 33-84
Passing Yards 190 59
Comp-Att-Int 9-15-2 8-15-1
Total Offense 59-389 48-143
Punts-Ave yards 3-28.6 3-36
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-1
Penalties-Yards 8-70 4-35


Hornell rushing

  • Zack Bacon 21-156, 1 TD
  • Luke Morgan 14-38
  • Julian Reinhart 4-10
  • James Cipriano 1-2
  • Richie Harkenrider 4-(-7)

Chenango Forks rushing

  • Isaiah Zimmer 21-72, 1 TD
  • Jacob Green 5-14
  • John Colm Sweeney 7-(-2)

Hornell passing

  • Conor Herr 22-for-46, 284y, 2 TDs, 3 int.

Chenango Forks passing

  • John Colm Sweeney
  • Cody DeOrdio

Hornell receiving

  • Brendan Buisch 3-119, 1 TD
  • Julian Reinhart 3-46, 1 TD
  • Zach Oyer 1-13
  • Matt Mauro 2-12

Chenango Forks receiving:  

  • Nick Cannon 4-36
  • Jacob Green 4-23

NOTE: Enhanced stats from the NYSPHSAA are at the page's bottom

Preview Articles

By Kevin Stevens - Press & Sun-Bulletin


Matchup: Chenango Forks (11-0) vs. Hornell (11-0).

When: Noon Saturday

State rankings: Forks No. 3; Hornell No. 1.

State semifinal appearances: Forks ninth; Hornell sixth.

Up next: Hoosick Falls (11-0) or Highland Falls O’Neill (9-2), Noon Nov. 24, Carrier Dome.

Etc.: The Red Raiders have won 50 consecutive games, New York’s longest active streak. … They defeated Cleveland Hill 27-6 in the quarterfinal round. In that game, Julian Reinhart (5-11, 175) scored second-half touchdowns on a 76-yard punt return, a 4-yard reception and a 44-yard interception return ­ one of four Cleveland Hill turnovers. … The Red Raiders, however, were forced to punt seven times and were limited to 42 rushing yards and 10 first downs.
Saturday action begins with the Class C semi at noon, for which unbeaten squads from Chenango Forks and Hornell will renew acquaintances.

When the programs last collided, in a 2005 Class B semifinal, Forks claimed a 21-20 win that extended the Blue Devils' streak to 38. A season before, Forks was a 27-7 semifinal winner over the Red Raiders.
This time around, Hornell brings a 50-game win streak into the contest. The Red Raiders capped 13-0 seasons in 2009, '10 and '11 with Class B state titles before dropping this year to Class C.
Through 10 games, Hornell had outrushed its opponents by an aggregate 2,601-785 ­ but last week mustered a mere 42 on the ground against Cleveland Hill.

Closing In: Hornell football Red Raiders one win from doing 'Dome Work'

Hornell Evening Tribune

Rochester, N.Y. ­ When Erik Werner learned of the Red Raiders NYS Class C Final Four opponent late last Saturday an “ol’ ball coach” likely came to mind.

Nope, not Steve Spurrier. Not Bill Yeoman, the “Father of Veer-Option Football.” Not Bobby Bowden, or even Jack Lengyel ­ a pair of coaches with deep roots in the Veer run game.

Hello, old friend. Hello, Chenango Forks. Hello, Gene Mastin.

Who better than Hornell’s former head coach, another legend with option roots, who led the Red Raiders to their first two NYS Final Four trips ­ both against, you guessed it, Chenango Forks?

“We’re going to have our hands full, but I believe that we’ve put together a good defensive plan,” Werner, Hornell’s first-year head coach hand-picked by Mastin, said. “We’ve learned from our experiences in the past against option teams and coach Mastin has taught myself and coach (Steve) Donlon extremely well considering his roots were in option football. We kind of know a thing or two about it and hopefully our plan can neutralize that.

“We definitely have some history with Chenango Forks. I was here as an assistant coach then, but I can still remember those games as if they were yesterday,” Werner added. “They haven’t changed and we haven’t changed. Two great programs, two great traditions. It’s going to lead to a great game Saturday.”

The veer-option was made famous by Yeoman in the mid 1960s. As referred to as the triple-option, the veer was originally designed as a four-back attack with one player taking a dive course, one taking a pitch course and another being a lead blocker on the perimeter of the offensive formation. The quarterback then makes a read on the defensive players before distributes the ball according to the defensive reaction to the offense.

“It’s a read-option,” Werner further explained. “The quarterback does a great job of riding the fullback through and either handing it off or keeping it himself. Then, if he keeps it, he’ll make a second read and either keep it or pitch it. They’re very good at it and it forces you to play assignment football. That’s what we’ve worked on this week.

“They have several formations they run the veer out of. And they’ve run some spread this year, too. We haven’t seen them in recent years because they dropped to C and we stayed in B, so I’m not sure of that’s new this year or from the past. But it’s option-based and they’re very good at it. It’s easy to see that they are coached tremendously well, they are very fundamentally sound and they don’t make mistakes ­ they patiently wait for you to make mistakes.”

Mastin is a disciple of the wish-bone option, used primarily during his early coaching days in Pennsylvania. And while Werner isn’t entirely schooled in option offenses, Mastin would seemingly be “more up to speed” ­ making him a great resource for Saturday’s state semifinal at Sahlen’s Stadium.

“No idea. And I don’t know what the word veer is all about either,” Werner said when asked about the origins of the veer-option. “Again, it’s a read-option ­ reading the different gaps in the defense and that dictates what you are supposed to do. This is Forks’ main play ­ they put a lot of time into making the correct reads. They don’t have a huge playbook, but you don’t need to when you run this type of system. It puts defenders on islands, forcing them to play assignment football.

“The pressure’s on defensively. But again, I think we’ve installed a good plan if it’s executed properly. The kids know that, too. And I think they’re excited to put the plan in place.”

That plan will include containing both fullback Isaiah Zimmer and quarterback John Sweeney.

“Low to ground, low center of gravity. A tough, hard-nosed kid,” Werner said on Zimmer. “A powerful runner, who won’t go down on the first hit or first tackle. We have to account for him.

“He doesn’t throw the ball a whole lot, but when he does he has an excellent arm,” Werner added on the quarterback, Sweeney. “He puts the ball where it needs to be and his receivers do a good job of getting open and making receptions. They’ve had interceptions in nearly every game and I can only guess as to how those occurred. They don’t throw often, but he’s a very capable passer. We have to honor the pass. And you don’t want to play a whole lot of man against an option team. We’ll change our coverages and do a lot of different things because of the challenge this offense presents.

“You can’t just stack the box against a team such as this because they have a lot of experience on the coaching staff,” Werner went on. “Their former head coach, Kelsey Greene, is on the staff, their defensive coordinator has been there forever. And they’re both retired so I’m sure that they can devote a few extra hours in the week to watching film and finding opponents’ weaknesses. You have to make sure that you’re playing your best football across the board on every single down.”

On the flip side, the Blue Devils employ a 5-2, Cover 3 or a hybrid Cover 2. The also rely on some man-to-man coverage, with movement and blitzing along the D line and from the linebackers.

“They’re good tacklers. Again, very sound fundamentally,” Werner said. “They don’t make many coverage mistakes. They force you to beat them, and that’s what a great team does. We hope that we’re seen in that fashion as well. We hope that opponents see us a team that has to be beaten versus beating ourselves, and they’re in the same mold.”

Countering that defense will be the 1-2 punch of “bulldozer back” Zack Bacon and the shifty, speedy Luke Morgan. Bacon has amassed 1,199 yards this season, while Morgan is inching closer to the 1,000-yard mark at 887. The junior, however, is second on the team in touchdowns behind quarterback Richie Harkenrider with 15. Bacon comes in just behind with 12.

“I think we have the ability to run the ball. I say that with a glimmer of hope because I know that we have to run the ball in order to be successful,” Werner said. “Passing-wise, we’ll try to create some match-up problems with some formations and motion. We always want to be a run-first team, very similar to their style. We have to be able to run the ball and that’s the emphasis. We want to play physical football. Fast and physical.

“We have to be content with getting four yards per carry. Three times four is 12. You do that a whole bunch of times, eventually you’re going to punch it in the end zone. We’re going to go right at them in that fashion, but we won’t be afraid to throw the ball either. We’re very capable in that regard and we’re not going to go away with bullets left in the gun.”

Still, that doesn’t mean starting over from scratch and re-tooling the entire offensive and defensive system. As we know well, a leopard can never change its spots.

“It came from Mike Monacelli at Cal-Mum. To be successful, you can’t just up and change everything you do,” Werner said. “We’re a power-running team. I’ve always believed that to be the strength of this team, considering the line and big fullback. That’s the team we need to be.

“We won’t play any new fronts, but we have four, five, six of those to chose from. We have a lot of weapons that we’ve used before. We don’t want to change our spots. Not by any means, but maybe we’ll be a leopard that puts a mask on from time to time.”

HHS averages 37 points per game compared with 33.8 for Forks. Defensively, HHS is allowing a meager 10.5 points per game, while Forks is less stingy at 12.5. Werner isn’t expecting a shoot-out at the O.K. Corral so to speak. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

“In my mind, it’s going to be a one-score game,” he said. “If one team wins this game by three or four touchdowns it would shock me. Both these teams are very disciplined on defense and very sound on defense. I don’t think the offense can put up a ton of points on either side. I would say it’s going to be three scores to two scores, somewhere along those lines.

“This is a team that does not make mistakes. We have to change that, we have to force them into making mistakes. We have to force some type of miscue in some aspect of the game. In a game such as this, there aren’t going to be many mistakes so you have to capitalize on them if they do occur. If both teams play their best football, I honestly believe we come out on top. That’s the thing ­ one team is going to make a mistake or mistakes in this game and the other team is going to capitalize on them. We’re hoping to be the team that capitalizes.”

Hornell looks to extend football winning streak

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

The goal for Hornell’s football team is to keep going, of course.

Each win by the Red Raiders moves the only Section V champion still in postseason play closer to another state title. Hornell lines up against the Chenango Forks Blue Devils at noon today in the Class C high school football state semifinals at Sahlen’s Stadium.

Each win by the Red Raiders (11-0) extends a streak never seen before in Section V football, a record 50 consecutive games without a loss ­ third-longest in the nation, according to Calpreps.com.

Each win means more practices and rounds of meetings and what most players on undefeated team enjoy most, another game.

“I just don’t want it to end,” Hornell senior running back/linebacker Zack Bacon said. “People think about (the streak), but don’t really bring it up, to jinx it.

“When we win it’s, ‘It’s here, we’ve still got it.’ ”

Chenango Forks (10-0) is the latest team that seems capable of taking it away.

The Blue Devils slowed a high-scoring passing game last week during their quarterfinal versus Skaneateles. Hornell held back Cleveland Hill, a team from the Buffalo area capable of turning small gains into long-scoring plays.

“Those kids were some of the most athletic we’ve seen this year,” Hornell senior receiver/defensive back Brendan Buisch said. “Once we established our running game, that helped lead us into our passing game.”

Hornell, more known for its power running game, brought out its no-huddle offense again and found passing lanes in the middle of the field. Senior quarterback Richie Harkenrider finished 8 of 13 passing for 128 yards, including short touchdown throws to Buisch and Julian Reinhart.

“We’ve practiced it every week,” Harkenrider said. “We like to switch it up to give the defense something to prepare for.”

Preparation seems to be something else the Blue Devils from Section IV excel at, just like the Red Raiders. Chenango Forks plays tough defense, keeps mistakes to a minimum and capitalizes on opponents’ miscues.

How well does the approach work?

The Blue Devils have six state final appearances since 2001, and this is their second state semifinal berth in four seasons. It is notice that the Blue Devils are back, so to speak, after a six-win season in 2011 that left them out of the Section IV playoffs.

When it comes to the game-winning plays, the Chenango Forks back who delivers the most seems to be 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior Isaiah Zimmer, who carried 39 times last week.

It is probably safe to assume that a few of the 1,404 rushing yards for Zimmer came because of his power, just like yards gained by Bacon.

Hornell’s defense can hold the upper hand by limiting Zimmer and other ballcarriers to four yards total on first and second down and see what happens if the Blue Devils are all but forced to throw.

Playoff Preview: NYS Class C Football Final Four

Hornell Evening Tribune

No. 3 Chenango Forks (11-0) vs. No. 1 Hornell (11-0)

Saturday, Noon

Last meeting: Chenango Forks 21, Hornell 20 (2005 NYS Class B Semifinal)

Last week: Forks, out of Section IV, improved to 11-0 with a 28-21 come-from-behind victory over Section III Skaneateles, holding off a furious rally which saw the Lakers score 14 fourth-quarter points to get back in the game; Hornell, meanwhile, led start-to-finish in a 27-6 victory over Section VI Cleveland Hill at All-High Stadium in Buffalo.

Blue Devils O: 33.8 points per game

Blue Devils D: 12.5 points per game

Red Raiders O: 37.0 points per game

Red Raiders D: 10.5 points per game

Players to watch:

Chenango Forks ­ Isaiah Zimmer (Sr., FB/OLB), Jake Green (Sr., CB/HB), Jack Sherwood (So., QB/SS), Cody DeOrdio (Sr., WR/SS), Ryan Bronson (So., RB/MLB), Jack Cannon (Sr., WR/CB), Ethan Cook (Sr., RB/DE), Mike Zurenda (Jr., T/NG), Hunter Luybli (So., G/MLB), Mike Doll (Sr., C/DT), Jack Barnett (Sr., T/DT), Scott Craver (Jr., TE/DE)

Hornell ­ Zack Bacon (Sr., ILB/FB/P), Richie Harkenrider (Sr., QB/LB/SS), Julian Reinhart (Sr., WB/WR/CB), Brendan Buisch (Sr., WR/DB), Dustin Johnson (Sr., OT/DT), Pat Deebs (Sr., C/DE), Jake Perno (Sr., WR/DB/K), Zach Oyer (Sr., TE/DE), Luke Morgan (Jr., RB/DB), Brandon Cavalier (Sr., OL/DL), Matt Mauro (Jr., TE/LB); Anthony Drake (Jr., OG/DT).

Key matchup: Hornell’s defense vs. the Forks veer-option offense.

“I believe that we have an offense capable of moving the ball and scoring several times,” HHS first-year head coach Erik Werner said. “I hope I don’t eat those words, but I know that we have a strategy that can accomplish that. And I also know that we have a defensive squad that can stop their system. That said, we can’t simulate it in practice. We can not simulate their speed, their skills, their ability to run this type of offense. So the questions become ­ can we adjust to their speed, and how they run their offense? And can we stop it?

“I’m optimistic that we can. The kids are doing real welland they’re working real hard, but that will be the key ­ how effective we can be against their veer and off-tackle plays.”

Trib notes: Red Raiders have lost their only two matchups with Blue Devils ­ 21-20 in 2005 NYS Class B Final Four and 27-7 in the 2004 NYS Class B Final Four. ... Raiders have won last three consecutive state semi contests en route to three straight NYS championships. ... Current 50-game win streak is longest active in NYS, tops in Section V history, the all-time best in NYS since in the inception of the state playoff system and the second or third longest in the nation according to which page of the MaxPreps website one is viewing. ... HHS continues to hold NYS Class No. 1 ranking according to newyorksportswriters.org, while Forks comes in at No. 3. ... Forks has made six state-championship appearances, including five straight (a NYS record) from 2001-2005 and the most recent in 2007. ... Forks claimed state crowns in 2003 and 2004 and has won 14 sectional titles.

Red Raiders
8/31  at Bishop Kearney 26-6 (W)
9/7   WELLSVILLE 40-6 (W)
9/14  WAYLAND-COHOCTON 45-13 (W)
9/21  LIVONIA 35-22 (W)
9/28  at Batavia 30-14 (W)
10/5  at Dansville 59-0 (W)
10/12 BATH-HAVERLING 48-28 (W)
10/19 WAYLAND-COHOCTON 41-13 (W)
10/27 vs Attica 35-0 (W)
11/4  vs LeRoy 21-7 (W)
11/10 vs Cleveland Hill 27-6 (W)
11/17 vs Chenango Forks

Blue Devils
9/1   UNATEGO 35-6 (W)
9/7   at Oneonta 41-6 (W)
9/15  SETON CATHOLIC 46-6 (W)
9/21  at Greene 22-14 (W)
9/29  at Chenango Valley 15-13 (W)
10/5  at Sidney 31-30 (W)
10/13 NEWARK VALLEY 45-3 (W)
10/20 WHITNEY POINT 33-0 (W)
10/27 vs Lansing 48-12 (W)
11/3  vs Waverly 28-27 (W)
11/10 vs Skaneateles 28-21 (W)
11/17 vs Hornell
2 Brendan Buisch WR/DB
3 Kevin Schwartz WR/DB
6 Jake Perno WR/DB
8 Andrew Cappadonia QB/RB/DB
9 Richie Harkenrider QB/RB/DB
11 Anthony Buisch QB/DB
13 Trevor Stiles WR/DB
16 Jack Henby WR/RB/DB
17 Marcus McClinton WR/DB
20 Jack Galatio WR/DE
21 Jason Scialpa RB/LB
24 James Cipriano RB/DB
25 Julian Reinhart WR/DB
26 Josh Wilson WR/DB
29 Tyler Crouch RB/LB
31 Tyler Oyer TE/DE
32 Matt Mauro TE/LB
33 Sam Dessena WR/DB
34 Matt Smith TE/DE
37 Zach Oyer TE/DE
39 Luke Morgan
40 Zack Bacon RB/LB
50 Patrick Deebs OL/DE
51 Dylan Carlton OL/DL
52 Brandon Cavalier OL/DL
55 Garrett McDaniels OL/LB
59 Dustin Johnson OL/DL
67 Carson Doorley OL/DE
68 Tyler Parker OL/DL
70 Anthony Drake OL/DL
71 Joe Khork OL/DL
76 Dillon Shaut OL/DE
77 Zach Kellogg OL/DL
78 Connor O’Brien OL/DL
1 Cody DeOrdio WR/SS
2 Ryan Bronson RB/MLB
3 Devin Ellis FB/OLB
11 Christian Melvin WR/SS
12 John Sweeney QB/SS
16 Jack Sherwood QB/SS
20 Seron Mullings FB/OLB
21 Jack Cannon WR/CB
22 Sean Miller WR/SS
23 Elliott Butler RB/SS
25 C.J. Stark WR/SS
26 Alex Vandermark WR/DE
32 Ethan Cook RB/DE
33 Zach Steele TE/DE
40 D.J. Jones TE/OLB
45 Isaiah Zimmer FB/OLB
50 Taylor Lindsay G/DT
51 Zach Ford C/DT
55 Mike Zurenda T/NG
56 Brandon Fitch G/DT
57 Hunter Luybli G/MLB
63 Paul Groover T/DT/OLB
65 Mike Doll C/DT
71 George Fuller G/DT
73 Joe Silvanic T/DT
74 Derek Batista T/NG
77 Jack Barnett T/DT
83 Scott Craver TE/DE
84 Austin Day WR/SS
85 Nate Butler WR/SS
87 Jon Petitte TE/DE
88 Andrew Zigenfus TE/DE
88 D.J. Ehrets TE/DE

Post-game Midweek Article:    

Fifth Quarter:

Published Tuesdays in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin


Chenango Forks vs Hornell ( at Sahlen’s Stadium)

Score by Quarters    1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------   -- -- -- --   -----
Chenango Forks...... 0  7  0  0 -  7 Record: 11-1
Hornell............. 6  6  8  0 - 20 Record: 12-0

1st Quarter

Buisch 74 yd pass from Harkenrider (Perno kick failed), 3-81 1:23

2nd Quarter

Reinhart 22 yd pass from Harkenrider (Morgan rush failed), 9-61 4:03

Zimmer 6 yd run (Silvanic kick), 2-8 0:57

3rd Quarter

Bacon 3 yd run (Reinhart pass), 9-62 4:08

                               CHENANGO HORNELL
FIRST DOWNS................... 9        16
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 34-87    42-201
PASSING YDS (NET)............. 48       183
Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 15-8-1   15-9-2
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 50-135   58-384
Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............ 2-36     3-11
Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 4-84     2-26
Interception Returns-Yards.... 2-0      1-0
Punts (Number-Avg)............ 4-35.8   3-29.0
Fumbles-Lost.................. 2-1      0-0
Penalties-Yards............... 4-36     8-69
Possession Time............... 21:53    25:11
Third-Down Conversions........ 2 of 11  7 of 13
Fourth-Down Conversions....... 1 of 4   2 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 1-1      2-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 1-7      1-7


Chenango Forks-Isaiah Zimmer 20-74; Jake Green 6-15; J.C.
Sweeney 8-minus 2.

Hornell-Zach Bacon 20-152; Luke Morgan 13-38; Julian
Reinhart 3-6; R Harkenrider 4-5; Jame Cipriano 1-2; Sam Dessena 1-minus 2.


Chenango Forks-J.C. Sweeney 8-15-1-55; TEAM 0-0-0-minus 7.

Hornell-R Harkenrider 9-15-2-190; TEAM 0-0-0-minus 7.


Chenango Forks-Nick Cannon 4-32; Jake Green 4-23.

Hornell-Brenden Buisch 3-119; Julian Reinhart 3-46; Matt Mauro 2-12; Zach
Oyer 1-13.


Chenango Forks-Jack Barnett 1-0; Nick Cannon 1-0.

Hornell-Sam Dessena 1-0.


Chenango Forks-J.C. Sweeney 2-1.



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