2013 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 7 vs Chenango Valley

CF spanks CV 55-20!
45th win in a row vs a fellow Broome County team clinches 21st straight winning season!

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Chenango Forks rolls past rival CV for 20th straight time

Mike Mangan
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

TOWN OF CHENANGO — As the final seconds ticked off the game clock Saturday, the familiar chant of "Forks rules the Valley!" roared loud and clear from the Chenango Forks' student section.

Truer words could not have been spoken.

The Blue Devils made it 20 straight victories over rival Chenango Valley, cruising to a 55-20 home victory in a Section 4 Division III contest.

Isaiah Zimmer rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and Forks (6-1, 4-0) also got a pair of touchdown runs each from Dylan Studer and Ryan Bronson in clinching the Division III title and garnering a home semifinal game in the Section 4 Class B playoffs two weeks from now.

Last year, the teams played a thriller at CV, one in which the Blue Devils prevailed in double-overtime, 15-13. This one was essentially over by halftime, as Forks scored 28 second-quarter points en route to a 34-14 lead.

"It felt great," said Zimmer, who had touchdown runs of 27 and 13 yards. "All week we said 'Don't make it as close as last year.'

"Last year shouldn't have happened. We came out and made a statement with this game."

Forks nearly doubled CV's offensive yardage, tallying 443 yards — including 370 on the ground — to the Warriors' 238. The Blue Devils also intercepted three Bryan Pert passes.

Yet, early in the second quarter, it was still very much a ballgame.

Though Forks had largely dominated play through the first quarter and change, CV (4-3, 2-1) drew within 12-7 on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Pert to Gavin Ashman with 8:48 remaining in the second quarter, Ashman making a leaping grab at the Forks' 40 before outracing a defender into the end zone.

Then, following a 10-yard loss on first down and a John Colm Sweeney incompletion, CV's defense had Forks in a third-and-20 at the Blue Devils' 10-yard line. A defensive stop, and CV would have likely had good field position on its ensuing drive with a chance to take the lead.

Instead, Zimmer took a pitch to the right from Sweeney, ran toward the Forks' sideline before making a quick cut inside to break into the clear for a 64-yard run to the CV 26. Two plays later, Studer ran it in from 22 yards out, diving into the end zone near the right pylon for a 20-7 lead.

"That was a very big play," Forks coach Dave Hogan said of Zimmer's run. "I actually thought about changing the play, but we stuck with it.

"What a cutback by Isaiah, we got some blocks but Isaiah's cutback was very nice."

It was essentially all downhill for CV after that. After the Warriors failed to pick up a first down on its next drive, a botched fake punt attempt resulted in a 13-yard loss, setting up Forks at the CV 13.

On the next play, Sweeney hooked up with Scott Craver for a 13-yard touchdown pass to put Forks ahead 27-7 with 4:53 remaining in the second quarter.

Pert tossed the first of his three interceptions on CV's next drive, Cody Lamond returning the pick 15 yards to CV's 18. Two plays later, Zimmer scored on a 13-yard run to put Forks ahead 34-7 with 2:33 remaining.

CV briefly stopped the bleeding when Pert tossed a 67-yard touchdown pass to Harold Jones with just over a minute left in the second quarter to get within 34-14. But Pert was intercepted on CV's opening drive of the second half and Forks followed with three straight scoring drives with Bronson scoring on touchdown runs of 11 and 3 yards and Studer on a 41-yard run to make it 55-14.

"They're very good, that's the bottom line," CV coach Jay Hope said. "They're good at what they do and they execute well, their kids are very physical and well-prepared.

"I think we had some individual matchups that were tough. Overall, they were just better than us (Saturday)."

Forks scored on its opening drive, thanks to a heavy dose of Zimmer.

He lugged the ball on six of Forks' seven plays on the 63-yard trek, the last of those a 27-yard run to the outside and into the end zone to make it 6-0 just over three minutes into play.

Forks then turned to the pass for its second score early in the second quarter. A 20-yard pass from Sweeney to L.J. Watson on third-and-6 put Forks at the CV 26, and two plays later Sweeney hit a wide-open Andrew Ziegenfus in the end zone on a well-executed play-action fake for a 24-yard touchdown to make it 12-0 with 10:05 left.

"I'm very, very happy," Hogan said. "Other than a couple of big plays, which we knew (CV) had that potential, we were pleased with the way we played offensively, defensively, and on special teams."

Commentary: Rivals' storied pasts may be history in Valley

Kevin Stevens
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

TOWN OF CHENANGO — The least-sincere, most-ironic chant cooked up by "Forks Nation" became audible with 2:52 remaining in Saturday's tail-kickin'.

Following the lead of bare-chested, blue-painted front men, members of Chenango Forks' student section fired the following cross-field at their not-so-BFF's from the other side of the river: "Good Luck Next Year! Good Luck Next Year!"

Scoring was complete in this latest renewal of a football rivalry devoid of balance, with 55-20 fairly well depicting the difference between the two, and perhaps the difference between one side fully expecting to win and the other hopeful of doing so.

Unfathomably, Saturday's outcome made for 20 consecutive Blue Devils victories in this series. Last time CV bested Forks on the football field, a gallon of gasoline went for $1.11 and Sheryl Crow accepted the Grammy for Best New Artist.

Thing is, 1994 could go down as The Final time CV bested Forks on the football field, depending on how and where chips drop regarding a proposed merger of the respective school districts.

Just maybe, the days of "Us" versus "Them" will soon be behind Forks and CV, which for athletic purposes could be united as the Chenango Pride or Chenango RiverCats — or whatever — as the combined forces suit up and take on new rival Fill-In-The-Blank.

But, for 2 hours and 12 minutes Saturday afternoon, that contentious matter was mostly set aside while teenagers enthusiastically walloped one another on the artificial surface at Forks.

So eager were one and all for this one to commence, kickoff for the scheduled 1:30 contest was sent airborne at 1:27. A stiff breeze that had flagsticks-a-leaning at Chenango Commons made 60-ish feel a tad cooler once sunshine ducked away for keeps.

Hopes for a classic, for something along the lines of last autumn's two-overtime, two-point escape by Forks on CV's grass, actually hung around for awhile. A scant five points separated the teams as Forks faced third-and-20 from its 10-yard line four minutes into the second quarter.

But then, Forks did what Forks does, what Forks has done for just about the entirety of this century, what has made Chenango Forks the gold standard of sustained excellence in Section 4 football. The Blue Devils have had it going on since their present seniors displayed super heroes on their lunch boxes.

In a four-minute span of perfectly one-sided football, Forks rattled off 22 successive points against a CV squad with wheels spinning in muck. The difference was 34-7 with 2½ minutes to play in the first half.

How important to keep intact this streak against the neighboring Warriors?

"Oh, it's very important," said Forks junior Ryan Bronson, one of many two-way standouts wearing blue on Saturday. "It's a division rival so that's always big. It's Valley and there was the 19-game thing, so … Most important thing though was getting the division."

Bronson also shared words of encouragement uttered pre-game by team captains: "You don't want to be the team that's remembered because the team that's remembered is going to be the team that lost."

As for the possibility of finality with regard to Forks vs. CV football?

"Yeah, that was definitely more motivation for us," quarterback John Colm Sweeney said. "This could be the last time we play them at all, and for us as seniors, the last time playing CV and last time being on this field was definitely more motivation."

A part of the future of Forks football — or, Who knows? Maybe the combined forces' football — spent unplanned time sidelined with a leg propped up on his Mom's lap.

Freshman L.J. Watson had the makings of a whale of a football game going on before he succumbed to the latest tweak of an ankle ailment. He hit the deck and stayed there on the tail end of a 17-yard rush three plays into the second half.

Watson on the turf was Doc Nash's cue to strut his sprinter's stuff from one sideline to the other to tend to the lad. Doc's still got some quicks, to be sure.

Isaiah Zimmer was his customarily dependable and productive and game-changing self for Forks, with touchdown rushes of 27 and 13 yards book-ending the hosts' path to that 34-7 advantage.

In the other-colored jerseys, no individual stood out more than Ben Daniels, 6 feet, 4 inches and 280 pounds worth of junior tackle whose combination of strength, agility, mobility and know-how made jersey No. 77 one that'll be remembered and game-planned against.

"I told Ben on the way in, I thought that was the best game that he's ever played," CV coach Jay Hope said. "Defensively I thought he played very well, and we ran behind him a lot (at OT)."

Hope, to his credit, doffed his cap Forks' way with regard to all that has gone into the Blue Devils' 135-15 record from 2001 through the present.

"They certainly have made us better over the years, just us trying to aspire to beat them or if they're in our division and we have to go through them, it's made us better as a program," he said.

"But they're pretty amazing in terms of the longevity of the way they've kind of kept their program going. They just keep reloading and they keep doing it the same way year after year and that's impressive."

01 02 03 04   Tot
Chenango Forks 6 28 21 0 - 55
Chenango Valley 0 14 0 6 - 20
  • CF - CF- Isaiah Zimmer 27y run (kick failed)
  • CF - Andrew Ziegenfus 24y pass from John Colm Sweeney (pass failed)
  • CV - Gavin Ashman 58y pass from Bryan Pert (Nick Pert kick)
  • CF - Dylan Studer 22y run (LJ Watson run)
  • CF - Scott Craver 13y pass from Sweeney (Tony Silvanic kick)
  • CF - Zimmer 13y run (Silvanic kick)
  • CV - Harold Jones 67y pass from B. Pert (N. Pert kick)
  • CF - Ryan Bronson 11y run (Silvanic kick)
  • CF - Bronson 3y run (Silvanic kick)
  • CF - Studer 41y run (Silvanic kick)
  • CV - Aaron Trumino 5y run (kick blocked)


First Downs 11 20
Rushes-Yards 33-91 43-370
Passing Yards 147 73
Comp-Att-Int 6-16-3 4-6-0
Total Offense 49-238 49-443
Punts-Ave yards 4-37.5 2-32.0
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 4-23 8-69


Chenango Valley rushing

  • Zak Fish         8-54
  • Aaron Trumino   10-33   1 TD
  • Reed Grunder     4-12
  • Anthony Miller   1-4
  • Bryan Pert       8-(-2)
  • Nicholas Pert    2-(-10)

Chenango Forks rushing

  • Isaiah Zimmer   18-162  2 TD
  • Dylan Studer     3-69   2 TD
  • JC Sweeney       5-50
  • Ryan Bronson     6-44   2 TD
  • LJ Watson        4-26
  • Alex Freije      2-17
  • Cody Lamond      2-7
  • Sean Miller      2-(-1)
  • Gunnar Giordani  1-(-4)

Chenango Valley passing

  • Bryan Pert 6-for-16, 147y, 2 TD, 3 int.

Chenango Forks passing

  • JC Sweeney, 4-for-6, 73y, 2 TD

Chenango Valley receiving

  • Gavin Ashman     3-77  1 TD
  • Harold Jones     1-67  1 TD
  • Aaron Trumino    2-3

Chenango Forks receiving:  

  • LJ Watson        2-36
  • Andrew Ziegenfus 1-24  1 TD
  • Scott Craver     1-13  1 TD

JV Score:   Chenango Forks 52, Chenango Valley 6

Preview Article(s) 

CV takes another stab at ending losing streak against rival

Kevin Stevens
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

The top spot in Division III will be at stake Saturday when Chenango Valley visits Chenango Forks for renewal of Broome County's most spirited football rivalry. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30— and early arrival would be advised for those seeking to secure bleacher space.

The Blue Devils (5-1) are ranked fourth among New York's Class C teams. Chenango Valley (4-2) has won four in succession since dropping its first two by a combined three points. Each squad is 2-0 in divisional play.

Oh, and there's that little matter of "The Streak." Not since 1994 when CV pulled out a one-point win have the Warriors defeated Forks. Nineteen consecutive games have gone the Blue Devils' way.

While each side plays run-first football, each coach shared concerns regarding the opponent's passing game.

"One thing that does jump out at me is them throwing the ball, primarily to No. 10 (Gavin Ashman)," said Forks coach David Hogan. "He's a big target and the quarterback does a nice job of getting him the football."

CV coach Jay Hope spoke of the Blue Devils' "willingness to open it up a little bit."

"It seem that they have a little more confidence in the pass than they have had in the past," he said. "Not that they are not effective in the running game, it's just that they're showing more balance."

Forks' offense is led by 777-yard rusher Isaiah Zimmer, and quarterback John Colm Sweeney's average pass completion has gone for an 18-yard gain.

Anthony Miller was an effective rusher for the Warriors in the early going, and he has gotten clearance to play after missing time with a knee ailment, Hope said. Nick Pert, another CV rushing threat, is also expected to play despite a knee ailment.

Post-game Midweek Article(s):    

Fifth Quarter:

Published Tuesdays in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

There is a play in the Chenango Forks football playbook called, in head football coach David Hogan’s words “Silver Left, Z-Right, Quick-Pitch Right.”

It’s one that Chenango Valley will not forget anytime soon.

The play, and Forks’ perfect execution of it, may not have been the deciding factor in the Blue Devils’ 55-20 victory over CV — their 20th consecutive win over their rival — but it certainly helped change momentum in a big way.

Chenango Valley had drawn within 12-7 on a Bryan Pert 58-yard touchdown pass to Gavin Ashman with 8:48 remaining in the second quarter, and on Forks’ ensuing possession had the Blue Devils pinned back on their 10-yard line, facing a third-and-20.

But then came the play, as Isaiah Zimmer took a pitch right from quarterback John Colm Sweeney, made an impressive cutback toward the middle and rumbled 64 yards for a first down. Dylan Studer scored on a 22-yard run two plays later and Forks was on its way.

“When we came over to the sideline (before the play), I looked to see where the first-down marker was,” Zimmer said. “I sprinted as fast as I could, and as soon as I got to the sideline I cut back and ran my hardest.

“I definitely thought I was going to get the first down, I had a lot of faith in my team.”

Zimmer had touchdown runs of 27 and 13 yards, but the 64-yarder that was not for a score may have been just as significant.

“It was a little hairy there when they had that big play and then the personal foul (which helped pin Forks deep in its end),” Hogan said. “It could have easily gone the other way if he hadn’t gotten that play. It was big.”



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