Streak sticks: Forks beats CV in second OT
Blue Devils win 19th straight over rival
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
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
“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
“It’s very frustrating,” CV coach
Jay Hope said. “We felt we had a good game plan, we felt the kids
“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
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
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.”