CF 54, Unatego 13
Oneonta Daily Star
Bruising running back Isaiah Zimmer rushed
for 124 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries as host
Chenango Forks earned its second straight season-opening victory
over Unatego in a Section Four Football Conference non-division
The Blue Devils led, 20-0, after one quarter
and by a 34-7 count at halftime.
“They’re well coached and they’re a veteran
team,” Unatego coach Frank Microni said of a Forks squad that
advanced to the Class C state semifinals last season. “We have
to improve, work harder and get better.”
Zimmer opened the scoring on a 44-yard run.
L.J. Watson’s 33-yard scoring run made it 14-0 and CJ Sweeney
hit Elliott Butler on a 44-yard scoring pass in the first
Unatego, which graduated a host of seniors —
including Daily Star Player of the Year Tyler Butler — off a
squad that went 6-3 last season, answered in the second quarter
on a 65-yard pass play. Sophomore Josh Feyerabend, who replaced
Butler at quarterback, hit Jared Jones on the scoring play.
Feyerabend’s extra point made it 20-7.
“I thought we threw the ball well,” said
Microni, who watched as Feyerabend completed 9 of 23 passes for
174 yards. “But we can throw it better. I thought we had certain
guys who played real hard and they’ll be rewarded. They’ll play
Forks scored the next four touchdowns,
including 11- and 2-yard scoring runs by Zimmer before
Feyerabend hit Kellen Komenda on a 44-yard touchdown reception
in the fourth quarter.
“We need to get a little more aggressive, we
need to block better and we need to tackle better,” Microni
Next for Unatego is a non-division game at
home Friday against rival Sidney.
“I was impressed with their offensive and
defensive lines,” said Microni, who scouted Sidney’s 42-40
victory over Chenango Valley on Friday night. “Of course, Billy
(Kozak) played great. I’ve watched him for a long time. It
always seems there’s a Kozak coming through at Sidney.”
Microni also said his squad will need to throw
it effectively Friday against a Sidney defense that surrendered
302 passing yards against CV.
“We’re going to need to throw the ball
successfully and there are also some other things to improve on
in our run game as well,” Microni said.