2013 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 3 vs Dryden

The Blue Devils back on track, roll Dryden 49-12

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Fast start carries Chenango Forks past Dryden 

Kevin Stevens
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin 

TOWN OF CHENANGO — How's this for an ideal start to a football game for a squad coming off a prickly defeat: Chenango Forks logged four touchdowns and created two turnovers before Dryden gained its initial first down.
So it went Saturday afternoon when the Blue Devils rolled to a 49-12 romp born of early superiority in every phase of play. Forks' first six possessions went for touchdowns, one week after failing to put up a point at Tioga Central.
"This week we were just itching to get out here and prove what we are," said quarterback John Colm Sweeney, who ran for one score and passed for another in a first-half span of 2:04. "Last week was a little bit of a setback and we're going to use that as motivation for the rest of the season, make sure that doesn't happen again."
Fullback Isaiah Zimmer turned his 18 rushes into 122 yards and three touchdowns, and four teammates joined in the touchdown-fest as Forks — the state's fifth-ranked Class C team — improved to 2-1.
Dryden (2-1) got 261 passing yards on 18-for-31 accuracy from Alan Davis. The Purple Lions' scores came on fourth-quarter passes of 40 and 75 yards, respectively, to Matthew McHerron.
Dryden turned over the football on its third and fourth offensive plays.
The first was result of an errant pitch by Davis — under substantial duress by Forks defenders — after which the Devils went 17 yards on five plays. Zimmer rushed left for 3 yards and a touchdown, and Tony Silvanic added the first of his seven PAT kicks 2:58 into the contest.
Jack Sherwood then picked off a first-down pass — despite sporting a sizeable cast on one wrist — next time Dryden touched the ball, giving the hosts possession at the Lions' 30-yard line. Zimmer carried up the middle for a 5-yard scoring rush on the drive's seventh play.
The first of Dryden's two first-quarter punts gave Forks possession 41 yards from another score. A fourth-and-6 pass from Sweeney to freshman L.J. Watson went for a 21-yard gain when Watson fumbled but summarily retrieved the bounce and proceeded forward.
The third TD was all about Sweeney's vision and feel for Forks' offense, as he kept on an option play headed right for a 10-yard TD rush with 78 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Dryden opted for a quick-kick punt by Davis on third down from its 8-yard line, and Forks got the ball back at the Lions' 41 with 36 seconds left in the quarter.
A Sweeney-to-Zimmer pass went for 13 first-down yards, and on the second play of the second quarter, Sweeney passed effortlessly to a lonely Andrew Ziegenfus in the right side of the end zone.
At that juncture, Forks had 28 points to Dryden's minus-17 yards of offense.
"It was huge for us," Blue Devils coach David Hogan said of the decisive getaway. "We talked about it all week. It was a long week, as might be expected after a loss like that, but it was huge to come out the way we did. We were ready to play."
"We all did our jobs, all took care of our blocks and we went right down the field," said Zimmer.
Dryden then mounted a drive good for 36 yards but which ended with back-to-back incomplete passes. The Blue Devils stuck exclusively to the ground game for their fifth score.
The largest chunks were picked up on rushes of 14 and 10 yards by Watson, and on an 18-yarder by Zimmer that closed with him dragging several defenders for the final 5 or so. Ryan Bronson rushed in from the 3-yard line and another Silvanic kick made for a 35-0 difference with 2:18 left in the half.
Forks took the second-half kickoff and went 60 yards on six plays, the last two featuring a 24-yard rush by Bronson and a 21-yard scoring run by Zimmer, who was provided ample room left for starters before subtly drifting right to get across the goal line.
Dryden's first touchdown came on a 40-yard Davis-to-McHerron pass on the first play of the final quarter, and on a 75-yard catch-and-dash by McHerron with 6:46 to play.
Silvanic, in at quarterback in the late going, transformed a broken play into a 20-yard improvisational touchdown rush to complete a personal 13-point outing with 3:48 to play.
Next for Forks is a Friday night game at Lansing. Dryden's Week 4 assignment comes at home against Greene.

01 02 03 04   Tot
Chenango Forks 21 14 7 7 - 49
Dryden 0 0 0 12 - 12
  • CF - Isaiah Zimmer 3y run (Tony Silvanic kick)
  • CF - Zimmer 5y run (Silvanic kick)
  • CF - John Colm Sweeney 10y run (Silvanic kick)
  • CF - Andrew Ziegenfus 11y pass from Sweeney (Silvanic kick)
  • CF - Ryan Bronson 3y run (Silvanic kick)
  • CF - Zimmer 21y run (Silvanic kick)
  • Dr - Matthew McHerron 40y pass from Alan Davis (kick failed)
  • Dr - McHerron 75y pass from Davis (pass failed)
  • CF - Silvanic 20y run (Silvanic kick)


  Dryden CF
First Downs 14 18
Rushes-Yards 14-47 51-301
Passing Yards 263 56
Comp-Att-Int 19-31-1 5-7-0
Total Offense 46-310 58-357
Punts-Ave yards 2-33 1-35
Fumbles-Lost 4-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 5-29 3-35


Dryden  rushing

  • Alan Davis        8-31
  • Stuart Stahlman   3-17
  • Tyler Andrews     1-1
  • Eymel Deas        2-(-2)

Chenango Forks rushing

  • Isaiah Zimmer    18-122  3 TD
  • Tony Silvanic     5-39   1 TD
  • Ryan Bronson      6-36   1 TD
  • LJ Watson         5-31
  • JC Sweeney        4-30   1 TD
  • Gunnar Giordani   2-19
  • Elliott Butler    1-8
  • Cody Lamond       3-7
  • Alex Freije       1-5
  • Sean Miller       3-4
  • Dylan Studer      3-0

Dryden  passing

  • Davis 19-for-31, 263y, 2 TDs, 1 int.

Chenango Forks passing

  • JC Sweeney, 5-for-7, 45y, 1 TD, 0 int.

Dryden  receiving

  • Matthew McHerron  9-184  2 TD
  • Stuart Stahlman   6-39
  • Hunter Senecal    1-25
  • Branden Decker    1-10
  • Tyler Andrews     2-5

Chenango Forks receiving:  

  • LJ Watson         2-30
  • Isaiah Zimmer     1-13
  • Andrew Ziegenfus  1-11   1 TD
  • Ryan Bronson      1-2

JV Score:  Waverly 20, Chenango Forks 14

Preview Article(s) 


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Fifth Quarter:

Published Tuesdays in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

Big bounce-back

Chenango Forks sprang back from a 7-0 loss to Tioga with a 49-12 thumping of Dryden on Saturday. It was a 28-0 spread 46 seconds into the second quarter, and 42-0 3:21 into the fourth.

“It was pretty intense. Everybody wanted to get to this game, get back on track, get back to winning,” QB/DB John Colm Sweeney said of the Blue Devils’ week of practice.

Sweeney, by the way, patrols the defensive secondary with abandon and zero hesitation to initiate serious body contact despite his value to the team as quarterback. A couple of Dryden receivers can attest to that.

“In the moment you’ve just got to go for it and hit people as hard as you can,” he said.

Coach David Hogan said the team hopes to have 220-pound senior Michael Zurenda (OG/DT) for Friday’s game at Lansing. He has missed the first three games because of mononucleosis.


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