2012 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 5 vs Chenango Valley

Blue Devils prevail 15-13 in DOUBLE OVERTIME!
19 in a row vs Warriors, 43 in a row vs Broome County squads!

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Streak sticks: Forks beats CV in second OT

Blue Devils win 19th straight over rival

Mike Mangan
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

FENTON - The deep breath Chenango Forks coach David Hogan took moments after the latest chapter of the rivalry with Chenango Valley had concluded summed it up best.

The Blue Devils had survived. Barely.

Isaiah Zimmer ran for a touchdown and two-point conversion in the second overtime, and Forks made a big defensive stop shortly thereafter for a 15-13 victory over the host Warriors on Saturday.

The victory extended Forks’ mastery over CV to 19 consecutive games. The last time CV prevailed in the rivalry was in 1994, a 14-13 win.

The teams were knotted at 7 after 48 minutes of regulation play, forcing the first overtime game in the rivalry’s history.

In overtime under New York state rules, each team gets a possession beginning on the opponent’s 20-yard line. If the score remains tied after the overtime period, then the teams play additional overtime periods until there is a winner.

Both teams came up empty in the first overtime period. However, in the second overtime, it was all Zimmer for Forks.

On a third-and-7 play from the 17, Zimmer busted up the middle for an 11-yard run. He followed with a 5-yard run, then plunged into the end zone from 1 yard out on the next play for a touchdown that put Forks ahead 13-7.

Instead of kicking the extra point, Forks opted to go for two, and Zimmer crashed through off right tackle for the conversion.

“After that touchdown, I felt there was nothing that could stop me,” said Zimmer, who had a hard-earned 98 yards rushing against a stout CV defense. “That two-point conversion, I believed that would make all the difference when I got through.”

It would, after CV got within 15-13 when quarterback Trevor Henige hit Zach Collins on a crossing pattern for an 8-yard touchdown reception.

On the ensuing two-point conversion, running back Evan Trebilcock was stopped a yard short , defensive tackle Jack Barnett making the initial hit before several teammates joined him in keeping Trebilcock from the end zone.

Moments later, the CV players crashed to the ground in agony while Forks players ran off the field in exultation.

“It just feels great,” Barnett said. “We really haven’t faced adversity like that before (this season). We knew they were going to come out swinging, and we just kept our composure and came back at them when we needed it.”

CV outgained Forks, 277-173, and held the Blue Devils to just two first downs over its final five possessions.

“It’s very frustrating,” CV coach Jay Hope said. “We felt we had a good game plan, we felt the kids executed it.

“We made a few mistakes in the first half that sidetracked us a little bit, but I felt for the most part we did what we wanted to do.”

Forks took a 7-0 lead 28 seconds into the second quarter when Ethan Cook scored on a 12-yard run.

It stayed that way until midway through the fourth quarter, when CV scored in most improbable fashion against a Forks defense — with a 99-yard drive.

Starting at its 1 after a 53-yard punt by Zimmer, CV got out of trouble when Collins made a leaping grab of a Henige pass over two Forks defenders near the CV sideline for a 31-yard reception.

After CV picked up a couple more first downs, the Henige-Collins combo struck again for a big play.

On first-and-10 at the Forks 48, Collins caught a short pass near the CV sideline, then outraced several Forks defenders to get into the end zone for a 48-yard touchdown reception with 7:31 remaining.

Collins, a 6-foot-3 senior, had nine receptions for 164 yards.

“I knew if they were going to have success, they were going to have to get (Collins) involved in the game,” Hogan said. “We were very concerned, not only his size but his athleticism. He’s got deceiving speed, I’m not surprised at all, he’s a player.”

But Forks’ defense stiffened when it had to. In the first overtime period, CV had a fourth-and-1 at the 11 but Trebilcock was stuffed for a 4-yard loss by Barnett.

And later came the stop of Trebilcock on the two-point conversion, sealing yet another Forks victory over its rival.

“It was a great team effort,” Hogan said. “Our defense was on the field for three quarters of the game and played very, very well once again.

“And when our offense had to put it together, they did it at the end. Hats off to CV, they had a great plan and it was a dogfight. It was everything as advertised, and more.”

01 02 03 04 05 06   Tot
Chenango Forks 7 0 0 0 0 8 - 15
Chenango Valley 0 0 0 7 0 6 - 13
  • CF - Ethan Cook (Jack Sherwood kick)
  • CV - Zach Collins 48y pass from Trevor Henige (Eric Silvanic kick)
  • CF - Isaiah Zimmer 1y run (Zimmer run)
  • CV - Zach Collins 8y pass from Trevor Henige


First Downs 13 12
Rushes-Yards 34-91 50-152
Passing Yards 186 21
Comp-Att-Int 12-22-1 1-9-1
Total Offense 56-277 59-173
Punts-Ave yards 4-33.0 5-46.5
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-40 7-55


Chenango Valley rushing

  • Evan Trebilcock 21-66
  • Miller Anthony 3-11
  • Dominik Forbidussi 4-11
  • Trevor Henige 5-2
  • Eric Silvanic 1-1

Chenango Forks rushing

  • Isaiah Zimmer 21-98, 1 TD
  • Ethan Cook 8-28, 1 TD
  • John Colm Sweeney 12-16
  • Ryan Bronson 2-11
  • Jacob Green 7-(-1)

Chenango Valley passing

  • Trevor Henige 11-for-18, 162y, 2 TD, 1 int.
  • Evan Trebilcock 1-for-4, 24y

Chenango Forks passing

  • John Colm Sweeney, 1-for-9, 21y, 1 int.

Chenango Valley receiving

  • Zach Collins 9-164, 2 TD
  • Evan Trebilcock 2-17
  • Miller Anthony 1-5

Chenango Forks receiving:  

  • Cody DeOrdio 1-21

JV Score: CF 34, CV 18





Preview Article 

By Kevin Stevens
Press & Sun-Bulletin

Blue Devils (4-0) vs. Warriors (2-2)

Chenango Forks has strung 18 victories against CV — by an average margin of 18.9 points — since a 14-13 Warriors win in 1994. Over the last seven games between the two, the average winning score has been an even 20.

CV has won its last two games by a combined 75-13 on the strength of 660 rushing yards after battling through lopsided losses to Corning and Maine-Endwell. Anthony Miller rushed for 139 and 146 yards, respectively, in those wins.

“They certainly have started to play with more confidence,” Forks coach David Hogan said of the Warriors. “They’re starting to believe again, which is good news for them and not so good for their opponents.”

Forks’ offense has followed the lead of fullback Isaiah Zimmer, who has logged three three-figure yardage outputs, and quarterback John Colm Sweeney has clearly demonstrated an ability to deliver the ball down the field.

“Very typical Forks team,” Warriors coach Jay Hope said. “They’re physical up front on both sides, they tackle very well. We know what we’re getting into and that we’re playing a good solid fundamental football team.

“We have to be able to withstand their first punch and show them we’re there to play the whole game.”

Each side has introduced a new wrinkle for rivalry week:

The Blue Devils have opted for what Hogan described as “Marine-style haircuts, rather than dye jobs or Mohawks or whatever else they’ve gone with (for CV week).”

Chenango Valley has encouraged any and all past program members to drop by the practice field, maybe offer the present cast a few words about the significance of what awaits today. In addition, Hope has lined up a couple of guest speakers to fire up the boys.

However, what it’ll boil down to come game time has little to do with any motivational ploys. Asked to identify keys to successful, Hope said, “I think if we’re able to slow their offense down and if we’re able to combat their physicality.”

Post-game Midweek Article:    

Fifth Quarter:

Published Tuesdays in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin



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