2013 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 1 vs Unatego

Blue Devils roll Unatego 54-13!
Win is sixteenth straight season opening victory!

Articles courtesy of the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin and the Oneonta Daily Star

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Chenango Forks 54, Unatego 13:
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

At Chenango Forks, Isaiah Zimmer had 124 yards rushing and three touchdowns as Forks rolled past visiting Unatego.

Zimmer started off the game with a 44-yard touchdown, one of three lengthy first-quarter scoring plays for the Blue Devils. L.J. Watson added a 33-yard touchdown run and John-Colm Sweeney tossed a 44-yard touchdown pass to Elliott Butler to put Forks ahead 20-0.

Defensively, Forks limited Unatego to three first downs and 16 rushing yards on 16 carries.

The Spartans got their touchdowns via long passes from quarterback Josh Feyerabend, a 65-yarder to Jared Jones in the second quarter and a 44-yarder to Kellen Komenda in the fourth.


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 game.

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 quarter.

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 more.”

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 said.

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.

01 02 03 04   Tot
Chenango Forks 20 14 13 7 - 54
Unatego 0 7 0 6 - 13
  • CF - Isaiah Zimmer 44y run (Silvanic kick)
  • CF - LJ Watson 33y run (Silvanic Kick)
  • CF - Elliot Butler 44y pass from JC Sweeney (kick failed)
  • U  - Jared Jones 65y pass from Josh Feyerabend (kick good)
  • CF - Zimmer 11y run (Silvanic kick)
  • CF - Andrew Ziegenfus 24y pass from Sweeney (Silvanic kick)
  • CF - Zimmer 2y run (Silvanic kick)
  • CF - Ryan Bronson 22y interception return (kick Failed)
  • U  - Kellen Komenda 44y pass from Feyerabend (kick failed)
  • CF - Gunner Giordani 4y run (Silvanic Kick)


  Unatego CF
First Downs 3 21
Rushes-Yards 16-15 48-383
Passing Yards 174 89
Comp-Att-Int 9-23-2 3-6-0
Total Offense 39-189 54-472
Punts-Ave yards 4-41.5 1-35.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards ?? ??
If anyone has the penalty stats for this game  (# of penalties and total yards penalized), please send them my way. Not sure why the P&S-B did not publish them.


Unatego rushing

  • Kellen Komenda   1-(-4)
  • Nate Wilsey      4-8
  • Josh Feyerabend  3-(-3)
  • Corbin Henry     8-14

Chenango Forks rushing

  • Isaiah Zimmer   13-124  3 TD
  • LJ Watson        2-61   1 TD
  • Ryan Bronson     5-53
  • JC Sweeney       8-37
  • Sean Miller      5-34
  • Tony Silvanic    6-31
  • Gunnar Giordani  4-23   1 TD
  • Elliot Butler    2-13
  • Dylan Studer     2-4
  • Alex Freije      1-3

Unatego passing

  • Josh Feyerabend 9-for-23, 174y, 2 TDs, 2 int.

Chenango Forks passing

  • JC Sweeney, 3-for-6, 89y, 2 TD, 0 int.

Unatego receiving

  • Jared Jones       1-65  1 TD
  • Kellen Komenda    3-54  1 TD
  • Kyle Spaulding    2-44
  • Tanner Winchester 2-8
  • Bryden Roefs      1-0

Chenango Forks receiving:  

  • Elliot Butler     1-44  1 TD
  • Andrew Ziegenfus  1-24  1 TD
  • Ryan Bronson      1-21

JV Score:  Maine-Endwell 34, Chenango Forks 14

Preview Article(s) 

None, but here's what the Press had in the Forks team preview this week. 

Chenango Forks

Class C, Division III

Pretty darned young and pretty darned good would sum up the looks of things at Chenango Forks, where ball-handling positions feature talent and experience behind an offensive front still feeling its way.

Quarterback John Colm Sweeney looks better than ever — as his showing in Saturday’s multi-team scrimmage would attest to — ditto for fullback extraordinaire Isaiah Zimmer. One halfback is Ryan Bronson, with freshman L.J. Watson and sophomores Cody Lamond and Dylan Studer working at the other. Elliott and Nate Butler are split ends, with 6-4 Andrew Ziegenfus a hybrid TE/SE who will be a favorite in most any jump-ball situation. “Such a big target and such good hands,” coach David Hogan said.

Hunter Luybli is back at one guard spot to work with an otherwise green offensive front that has freshman Ryan Ehrets at center and Paul Groover at tackle. Mike Zurenda, D.J. Ehrets, Caleb Gould, Joe Silvanic and John Hardy are ready at the remaining interior positions.

Defensively, Zurenda and Seron Mullings could both see time at tackle as well as nose, with Hardy and/or Silvanic to man the other tackle spot. The ends are Scott Craver and Tony Silvanic. Coach David Hogan called linebackers Luybli and Bronson “A strength to be sure — tough, tough kids. I can’t say enough about them.”

Lamond, Studer and Sweeney will all do time at cornerback, with secondary leader Jack Sherwood, Watson and James Patwell all available at safety.

Of where this team may be headed? “Tough to say because we’ve got so many young kids, but we have the potential to be pretty good,” Hogan said.

Game to watch: Week 2 at Tioga, matchup of 2012 state semifinalists.

— Kevin Stevens

Post-game Midweek Article(s):    

Fifth Quarter:

Published Tuesdays in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin



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