2012 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 4 vs Greene

Blue Devils avenge Greene 22-14!
CF strikes back after 2011 loss to the Trojans!

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First-half touchdowns decisive for Blue Devils

Kevin Stevens
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 title chase.

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 advantage.

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 drive.

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 downs.

"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.

The Blue 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 Field.

Greene 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 hit zero.

Until its final possession, 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 working again.

Isaiah 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.

Each team 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 Brownings 16-yard 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 Treadwells two-point run gave Greene its only lead.

After a defensive stop of Forks, Greene regained 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.

Perhaps the back-breaker for Greene was an end-of-half sequence, one that proved a 14-point swing at the least.

The Trojans moved 43 yards to the Chenango Forks seven. Facing a fourth-down situation, 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 bounds.

From 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 Trojans secondary. Those additional points gave Forks a 14-point lead, 22-8, entering the locker room.

We were 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 worked out.

Greene 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.

Beckwith 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 (passing) touchdown, 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.

Greene (3-1) plays at Sidney Friday.

01 02 03 04   Tot
Chenango Forks 6 16 0 0 - 22
Greene 8 0 0 6 - 14
  • CF - Isaiah Zimmer 2y run (kick failed)
  • Gr - Mike Beckwith 9y run (Dan Treadwell run)
  • CF - Zimmer 1y run (JC Sweeney pass to Jacob Green)
  • CF - Cody DeOrdio 37y pass from Sweeney (Zimmer run)
  • Gr- Trevor Parrish 2 run (run failed)


  Greene CF
First Downs 10 13
Rushes-Yards 38-118 49-211
Passing Yards 82 69
Comp-Att-Int 2-4-0 4-6-1
Total Offense 42-200 55-280
Punts-Ave yards 2-36 4-36.2
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 5-26.5 5-40


Greene rushing

  • 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

Chenango Forks rushing

  • Isaiah Zimmer 22-113, 2 TD
  • Jacob Green 9-50
  • Ryan Bronson 5-22
  • John Colm Sweeney 11-14
  • Ethan Cook 2-12

Greene passing

  • Joe Beckwith 4-for-6, 82y, 1 int.

Chenango Forks passing

  • JC Sweeney, 2-for-4, 69y, 1 TD

Greene receiving

  • Dan Treadwell 3-41
  • Jeremy Flohr 1-41

Chenango Forks receiving:  

  • Cody DeOrdio 1-37, 1 TD
  • Andrew Ziegenfus 1-32

JV Score: CF 48, Greene 18

Preview Article(s) 

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.

Post-game Midweek Article:    

Fifth Quarter:

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.


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