Chenango Forks Varsity Football
4 vs Greene
avenge Greene 22-14!
CF strikes back
after 2011 loss to the Trojans!
Articles courtesy of the
Binghamton Press &
Sun-Bulletin and the Chenango Evening Sun
First-half touchdowns decisive for Blue Devils
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
GREENE - Chenango Forks turned two critical miscues by Greene
into second-quarter touchdowns Friday night in a 22-14 victory that
figures to loom large in the Section 4 Football Conference's Division V
The second of the two came on a 37-yard pass from John Colm Sweeney to
Cody DeOrdio 18.4 seconds before halftime, and Isaiah Zimmer's two-point
run - from 1.5 yards courtesy of a Trojans penalty - made for a 22-8
Blue Devils advantage.
Though limited to a single first down until the final couple minutes of
second-half play, Forks improved to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in Division V.
Greene (3-1, 0-1) absorbed its first regular-season loss since Week 8 of
the 2010 season.
Fullback Isaiah Zimmer closed with 113 rushing yards and Colm Sweeney
with 69 passing yards on two completions for Forks, which trailed by 8-6
before capitalizing on the first significant Greene blunder.
The Trojans fumbled away the football on second down and Forks' Ryan
Bronson recovered at the hosts' 7-yard line 2:44 into the second quarter
- after a 43-yard punt by Zimmer had shoved Greene back at its 9.
The last of three successive carries by Zimmer went inside and covered 1
yard for a TD, and Jake Green made an exceptional lunging reception of
Colm Sweeney's two-point pass just inside the right boundary for a 14-8
The Trojans' next crack at a tying score went south when, on a
fourth-and-6 play from the Blue Devils' 7-yard line, Jeremy Flohr made a
leaping grab of a pass from Joe Beckwith, only to descend on white paint
outside the back of the end zone.
That left Forks 93 yards to cover in 4:05 remaining before halftime.
The Devils advanced to Greene's 37-yard line in 10 plays, most helpful
of which was a 31-yard, third-and-8 gain by Green on a toss play toward
the home sideline. That marked his second third-down conversion of the
The touchdown was a perfect stunner - to both sidelines as well as those
making up what was judged to be the largest assemblage of spectators for
a Greene game in recent memory.
Colm Sweeney scooted to his right and had a look while defenders
pressed, only to set his feet and let fly in the direction of DeOrdio,
who'd inexplicably freed himself a dozen or so yards behind the nearest
defender. He made the catch without incident and gratefully zipped the
remaining 20 or so yards across the goal line.
"I don't know, they covered the slotback that went in motion and I found
myself wide open," DeOrdio said. "JC threw me the ball and we connected
for a touchdown. I was pretty surprised that I was completely open, but
it worked out so we'll take it."
Said Forks coach David Hogan: "We had practiced this pass play for the
last couple of weeks. We felt it was an opportune time to give the play
a try and fortunately for us, it worked out."
As for just why it worked out with such astonishing ease? "I'm not so
sure," he said. "Very fortunate. It was a big play just before the half
and if we didn't get that, who knows what would have happened?"
Greene coach Tim Paske said: "We had a missed assignment. But, hey, it's
things we were working on all week, we just didn't get there. That
happens, we'll grow from it."
Greene defenders were clearly bent on denying red helmets passage
anywhere near the goal line after halftime.
The first three Forks possessions went three-and-out, and go ahead and
identify when was the last time that happened.
Thing was, Blue Devils defenders seemed near-equally stubborn, and on
the first play after a scoreless third quarter DeOrdio intercepted a
third-and-20 pass to give Forks possession at its 17-yard line.
Greene's final possession began at its 33-yard line with 6:50 remaining
and concluded with Trevor Parrish rushing 3 yards for a score to make it
22-14 with 3:03 remaining. The drive-maker on that one was an
exquisitely executed collaboration from Beckwith to Flohr that went for
41 yards down the home sideline.
Forks, so offensively challenged to that point in the second half,
needed a little something to tuck away the win _ and got it in the form
of rushes by Bronson (once) and Zimmer (twice) that went for first
"We weren't moving the ball an inch in the second half and all of sudden
we tell them that we need to get a few first downs to seal it, and
fortunately we were able to do that," said Hogan, whose team avenged
last season's 21-0 loss to Greene.
The Trojans' first TD was a 9-yard, fourth-down rush by Mike Beckwith in
the final minute of the opening quarter.
Forks closes out Greene with running game
Evening Sun Report
GREENE - Held without a rushing first down the entire second half, Chenango Forks stuck to its guns rushing for three late first downs to run out the clock on a surging Greene Trojans team Friday night.
Devils dealt Greene its
first loss of the season
getting two TD runs from
Isaiah Zimmer and a
timely TD pass at the
end of the first half in
a 22-14 final at Raymond
drove for the only
touchdown of the second
half to close the
deficit to eight points
with 3:03 to play. The
Blue Devils needed a
first down or two in
a big way. The thing
that sticks out the
most in this game to me
is that we were able to
get those first downs at
the end, said Chenango
Forks coach Dave Hogan,
who could have pointed
to any number of
highlights that factored
in the victory. I was
nervous until the clock
Chenango Forks had
exactly seven yards
rushing on 11 attempts
through four possessions
in the second half. It
was a far cry from the
opening two quarters
when the Blue Devils ran
for 155 yards. Hats off
to Greene, they made
some great defensive
adjustments in the
second half, Hogan
said. Really, we just
ran the same stuff (at
the end of the game),
and suddenly it was
Zimmer ran for a pair of
first downs on the last
drive and finished with
110 yards and two
touchdowns. Many of
those yards came behind
the left side of the
Chenango Forks offensive
line, but more
importantly, none of the
Chenango Forks running
backs lost a grip on the
ball. We thought they
might put the ball on
the ground tonight, and
they didnt,, said
Greene coach Tim Paske.
They had done that a
little bit in their
first three games, but
they played a complete
game. Our guys saw that,
and they learned the
importance of taking
care of the ball.
scored on its opening
possession. For Forks it
was a methodical
14-play, 72-yard drive
capped by Zimmer. Greene
responded quickly moving
61 yards in just over 4
1/2 minutes. Cole
first-down run was aided
by a Forks personal foul
penalty that had the
Trojans inside the Forks
15. Four plays later,
Mike Beckwith scored on
a nine-yard run. Dan
run gave Greene its only
defensive stop of Forks,
possession inside its
10. On the second play
of the drive, Trojans
quarterback Joe Beckwith
mishandled the ball
leading to a Forks
fumble recovery. Zimmer
plowed in from a yard
for his second score and
a one-touchdown lead.
the back-breaker for
Greene was an
one that proved a
14-point swing at the
Trojans moved 43 yards
to the Chenango Forks
seven. Facing a
Joe Beckwith rolled to
his right targeting
Jeremy Flohr. Flohr
caught the ball in the
back of the end zone,
but was ruled out of
there, Chenango Forks
covered 93 yards in four
minutes. On his first
pass attempt of the
game, quarterback J.C.
Sweeney hooked up with
Cody DeOrdio on a
37-yard scoring strike.
DeOrdio was wide-open on
the play, likely due to
a blown coverage in the
Those additional points
gave Forks a 14-point
lead, 22-8, entering the
able to score right
after the fumble, and
that pass play was huge
to score at the end of
the half, Hogan said.
(The pass play) is
something weve been
working on. We thought
it was the right time,
and we were fortunate it
did not threaten to
score again until late
in the game. Beckwith
connected with Flohr on
a 41-yard pass down the
right sideline to
initiate the final
scoring drive. Six
running plays later,
Trevor Parrish scored
from two yards out.
threw for 82 yards in
the game, and the
Trojans finished with
132 yards rushing, their
lowest total of the
season. Not scoring in
their end, and their
that was a 12- or
14-point swing, Paske
said. That hurts. We
have to finish (drives),
and its something we
have talked about. Well
learn from this; there
is a lot of football
left to play.
(3-1) plays at Sidney
- CF - Isaiah Zimmer 2y run (kick failed)
- Gr - Mike Beckwith 9y run (Dan Treadwell run)
- CF - Zimmer 1y run (JC Sweeney pass to Jacob
- CF - Cody DeOrdio 37y pass from Sweeney (Zimmer
Gr- Trevor Parrish 2 run (run failed)
- Mike Beckwith 16-60, 1 TD
- Cole Browning 4-22
- Trevor Parrish 4-12, 1 TD
- Dan Treadwell 6-11
- Joel Roselle 2-7
- Joe Beckwith 6-6
- Isaiah Zimmer 22-113, 2 TD
- Jacob Green 9-50
- Ryan Bronson 5-22
- John Colm Sweeney 11-14
- Ethan Cook 2-12
- Joe Beckwith 4-for-6, 82y, 1 int.
- JC Sweeney, 2-for-4, 69y, 1 TD
- Dan Treadwell 3-41
- Jeremy Flohr 1-41
- Cody DeOrdio 1-37, 1 TD
- Andrew Ziegenfus 1-32
JV Score: CF 48, Greene 18
By Kevin Stevens
Press & Sun-Bulletin
Chenango Forks (3-0) at Greene (3-0): It will be the Division V opener for both state-ranked teams - Greene sixth, Forks 12th. The Blue Devils have allowed six points per game. Greene is scoring at a 40-per-game clip. A September ago, the Trojans were 21-0 winners in a game played Monday afternoon as result of flooding that wiped away Saturday's schedule.
State-ranked Greene, Chenango Forks meet tonight
Evening Sun Report
If youre a fan of football without any particular allegiance, tonights Class C clash between two state-ranked teams, number 12-ranked Chenango Forks at number six Greene is the game to attend.
Outside of Maine-Endwell, no teams in Section IV have thoroughly dominated the opposition as much as the Trojans and Blue Devils. Forks, always a contender, and Greene, a program among the best in Class C the past seven years, meet in what could be a preview of the Section IV finals six weeks down the road.
On offense, the Blue Devils are averaging over 40 points per game and have scored exactly two more points than Greene. On the flip side, the Trojans have allowed just 16 points in three games, again two points south of the Devils total. Neither club has had much trouble scoring, while their respective defenses are nearly impenetrable to this point. Something has got to give, dont you think?"
We laid out all the facts to our team: This is what theyve done, and this is what weve done, said Greene coach Tim Paske, whose club beat Chenango Forks, 21-0, a season ago. It was the first win for Greene over the Blue Devils since 1983. It will come down to the trenches, and who does a better job with that.
Chenango Forks has a formidable front line led by Jack Barnett, who tips the scales in the 275-pound range. Across the line, the Blue Devils have nearly the equivalent size of Greene, who have overwhelmed opposing fronts so far.
Chenango Forks has definitely looked good so far, and theyve already rushed for over 1,000 yards as a team, Paske said. They know what to do with the football.
Typically, Forks spreads the ball out to a number of ballcarriers. From what weve pinpointed, fullback Isaiah Zimmer will get a fair share of the carries early on, and quarterback D.J. Sweeney is coming off a rushing 100-yard game. Sweeney is another signal-caller in a long line at Chenango Forks to effectively run the option-based attack. Jacob Green, one of last years key runners, also returns to the backfield.
Greene, itself, is coming off its best game running the ball. At rain-soaked Dryden, the Trojans gained nearly 400 yards rushing with Mike Beckwith and Dan Treadwell each topping 100 yards. Paske is at least four or five deep in the backfield, and to emphasize that point, backup Joel Roselle has a team-high four touchdown runs in spot duty.
I think were starting to get there on offense, Paske said. Each week we want to get better, and the first three weeks were our preseason leading up to our division game. It just so happens that our first division game is a big one. Were happy its at our place, and we know it will be a heck of a challenge.
Published Tuesdays in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
Chenango Forks football team relies on defense to shine
By Kevin Stevens
Press & Sun-Bulletin
With its offense snuffed out by Greene for the bulk of second-half play, Chenango Forks' defense was largely responsible for the Blue Devils' 22-14 victory Friday night.
On the defensive side after Forks' first three-and-out of the second half, Jack Barnett finished off a Greene ball carrier for a 1-yard gain, Mike Doll was first to halt a rusher after a 1-yard gain on second down, and Jack Sherwood wisely knocked down a deep third-down pass.
Another Forks three-and-out led to: Doll stopping a run for no gain, Ethan Cook chasing down the quarterback for a 5-yard loss, and Cody DeOrdio intercepting a third-down pass.
"It's the ultimate team game, and we had a lot of guys step up when they had to," Forks coach David Hogan said.
"We had the mentality, we had the right guys in the right spots," DeOrdio said of the defense. "We know what we're doing, we know our jobs and we did our jobs. That's what it came down to."
Said coach Tim Paske of Greene (3-1): "We have to take care of the football, No. 1, and we have to finish drives. Its something we talked about this whole week:, we need to finish - finish blocks, finish tackles, finish drives, hold on to the football. That's going to determine, in tight ballgames, where we're going to be."
The game was played before what Paske said was the largest crowd he had seen in his 15 years with the program. Not only was every bit of seating accounted for but spectators were side-by-side and, in places, a couple deep around three-quarters of the fence outside the track.