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Tim McDonald 1y run (Tony Silvanic kick)
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LJ Watson 3y run (Silvanic kick)
- CF - Cody
Lamond 61y run (Silvanic kick)
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from Lukas Whitehouse (Linnea Dacchille kick)
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Lamond 11y run (Silvanic kick)
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Watson 53 run (Silvanic kick)
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Lamond 14 run (Silvanic kick)
The full stats are below, past the post-game articles
Blue Devils capture third straight state title
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
Another playoff game, another dominant showing— and
another state football championship for the Blue Devils of Chenango
A pair of touchdowns rung up 39 seconds apart late in
the first quarter provided the springboard to a 42-7 defeat of Greenwich
on Friday night in the Carrier Dome for the program’s third consecutive
Class C title.
Cody Lamond rushed for 172 yards and three TDs as the
Devils logged 505 yards of offense — all but 21 via the ground game.
Tony Silvanic rushed for 127 yards on seven carries
and L.J. Watson another 84 yards and two scores on six running
The outcome made for Forks’ fifth state championship,
co-second-best behind the six won by Rochester’s Aquinas Institute.
The Blue Devils have won a state-record 26 tournament games.
“I would say this one is more special, not because
it’s three in a row but because it’s my senior year,” said Silvanic, who
was recognized as the game’s Most Valuable Player. “We always talk about
winning our last game, to win the last one in the Dome is so special, it
means so much to us.”
“We had a game plan and we came out and executed it,”
said fellow Forks senior Dylan Studer. “We spent so much time in the
offseason preparing for this moment right here, and as you can see it
Following a shaky initial possession that ended with
Greenwich’s Lukas Whitehouse intercepting a pass, the Blue Devils (12-1)
got down to serious business the next time they had the football.
Drive No. 2 began following a punt at Forks’ 18-yard
Five plays in, Lamond took a toss and rushed 22 yards
to the Witches’ 45. Two plays later, quarterback Silvanic faked a
handoff to Tim McDonald and followed an inside path to a 42-yard gain
before stumbling at the 1-yard line. McDonald carried in from there,
Silvanic kicked the first of his six PATs and it was 7-0 with 3:29 to
play in the opening quarter.
Next came a difference-making special-teams play
courtesy of Lamond.
Silvanic kicked off and, at the 21-yard line, Lamond
yanked the football free of Greenwich’s deep man and recovered the ball.
Watson then took a fortuitous one-hop toss and scooted
18 yards on first down, then powered through an attempted shirt tackle
to complete a 3-yard scoring rush to make it a two-TD advantage.
“I saw he was hanging (the football) out so I just
figured, why not?” Lamond said of his play on the kickoff. “I was going
to tackle him anyway. I just ripped it. Our coaches teach us that during
practice. I saw the opportunity and I took it.”
Silvanic said: “When you can score, get the ball right
back and score again, that’s huge. I think it put some fear in Greenwich
and it really set the tone for the rest of the game.”
The lead grew to 21-0 when, with 4:42 remaining in the
half, Silvanic orchestrated a made-to-order option play— faking inside
to McDonald, heading left and pitching to Lamond, who jetted 61 yards
for a touchdown. That came a play after Lamond went for 21 yards on a
wonderfully blocked toss play.
The Witches’ TD completed a 61-yard drive and came on
a 6-yard pass from Whitehouse to Brendan Stout 14 seconds before
halftime. That marked Whitehouse’s sixth pass completion of the
But the upper hand in this one wasn’t about to flip
The Blue Devils rattled off scoring drives on their
first three second-half possessions.
The first, to open the third quarter, featured a
fourth-and-1 conversion by Studer and a 21-yard pass completion from
Silvanic to Lamond on third-and-19 from the Witches’ 32.
One snap after that pass play, Lamond — sprung by
blocks from Watson and Brandin Paulhamus — swept 11 yards untouched by a
defender to make it 28-7 with 5:02 of the third quarter elapsed.
Seth Bush halted Greenwich’s next drive by
intercepting a pass at the 2-yard line.
The Blue Devils ran seven plays to their 47-yard line,
from which point Watson took a toss to his left, patiently waited for a
seam to develop and, with aid of Trevor Borchardt’s path-paving went 53
yards for a touchdown and 35-7 lead.
Forks’ final scoring drive of the season began at its
46-yard line four plays into the fourth quarter, opened with a 30-yard
gain by Lamond — again with Paulhamus out front moving people — and
ended with Lamond straight-arming the last defender near the goal line
to complete a 14-yard TD run.
As impressive as the 42-point total was, the seven put
up by Greenwich was equally pleasing to the Devils.
“I think it was mainly because we didn’t give up the
big plays,” coach David Hogan said. “A little bend but don’t break, kind
of like last week.”
Forks outgained the Witches (12-1) by 505-235. In five
playoff games — two in Section 4, three in states — the Blue Devils
outscored their opponents by a combined 212-52.
“Great blocking,” was how Lamond summed up the final
offensive showing. “Our offensive line did great today. The whole team
played great. The backs blocked great.”
Top-ranked Forks closes its season with an 11-game win
streak. The loss came by 28-21 to Maine-Endwell in Week 2.
The Blue Devils made it four consecutive seasons with
one loss, to go with 47 victories over that span.
Witches fall one win short
Chenango Forks too tough at the line, tops
Greenwich for 3rd Class C state title in row
Black Friday is a truly treacherous day for shopping,
where precise timing and aggression are ultimately necessary to obtain
the desired goods. The Chenango Forks football team showed it was
willing to fight the crowd and travel to Syracuse for a special
'3-for-1' sale, and the Blue Devils showed they had more than enough
'purchasing power' to secure the ultimate present.
Chenango Forks grabbed the lead early and proved it is
the best Class C football program in the state once again with a
dominating 42-7 victory Friday night over Greenwich at the Syracuse
Greenwich senior quarterback Lukas Whitehouse, who got
knocked out of the game late in the third quarter with an ankle injury,
summed things up succinctly regarding Friday's setback.
"They dominated up front the entire game. We couldn't
get much done," Whitehouse said. "It is a tough loss, but it doesn't
take away from our season. We had a great season. We just didn't want it
to end this way."
"We made history for our town, being the first team to
ever make it to the state championship," Greenwich two-way starting
lineman Kyle Boddery said. "Yeah, it is sad, but at the same time, we
made history for our school so we shouldn't be sad about anything."
Chenango Forks controlled things up front from the
outset, outgaining the Witches (12-1) 501-230.
"It means everything. For the seniors, it is always,
'Win the last game.' That's what makes this so special," Chenango Forks
senior quarterback/defensive end Tony Silvanic said. "The underclassmen
played for the seniors, and together, we got the job done."
"Words can't describe how satisfying this is,"
Chenango Forks two-way starter Dylan Studer said. "You dream about this
since you were a little kid playing flag football. Now, we're setting
the example for groups to come."
The Blue Devils entered the game having outscored foes
111-0 in the first quarter this season, but Whitehouse ended their first
series by intercepting Silvanic. The Witches picked up one first down on
their second offensive series before punting it back. It was at the this
point when Chenango Forks took over.
Silvanic, who opened the season at tight end, dashed
42 yards on an option keeper to the Greenwich 1. On the next play,
senior running back Tim McDonald scored and Silvanic added the PAT kick
for a 7-0 lead with 3:49 left in the opening quarter.
"The line blocked so great, that I was able to break a
few because they did so awesome, allowed us to set the tone and put a
little fear in Greenwich," said Silvanic, who gained 128 yards on eight
carries and earned the game's Most Valuable Player award.
Seconds after the opening touchdown, the Blue Devils
got the ball back when senior Cody Lamond stripped Cole Burgess on the
kick return and recovered at the Witches' 21. LJ Watson ran 18 yards to
the 3 and then scored on a 3-yard run to help push the lead to 14-0.
Two runs by Lamond, the second covering 61 yards,
helped provide the Blue Devils a 21-0 cushion. Whitehouse made sure the
Witches scored before intermission when he connected with Brendan Stout
for a six-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left.
About the only negative aspect of the first 24 minutes
for the Blue Devils came in the form of two turnovers, which ballooned
their season total to eight.
Comeback hopes were quickly dashed as Chenango Forks
took the second-half kickoff and marched 80 yards capped by a 11-yard
TD run by Lamond (169 yards on nine carries) as the lead extended to
Watson's 54-yard TD run with 37 seconds left in the
third quarter put Greenwich down 35-7.
Chenango Forks finished with 480 rushing yards.
Greenwich had 156, led by senior Mike Brandow (93).
"They just blew us back. We didn't take it very well,"
Whitehouse said. "I thought we could get more yards and more
opportunities to score, but we hurt ourselves coming out flat in the
For Greenwich, tough way to end a great season
SYRACUSE Lukas Whitehouse walked gingerly, with a
pronounced limp. Mike Brandow and other teammates tearfully hugged for a
final time in the Greenwich locker room.
The Witches’ football season the greatest in program
history came crashing back to earth Friday night with a 42-7 loss to
Chenango Forks in the state Class C championship game at the Carrier
“They were better than us,” said Greenwich head coach
Brandon Linnett, whose team finished 12-1. “We didn’t play great, but on
top of that, they made us play that way. We ran into a really good
football team that took it right to us it was simple as that.”
“They dominated up front the entire game,” said
Whitehouse, the Witches’ quarterback, who was knocked out of the game in
the third quarter with a sprained left ankle. “We couldn’t get much
going on, so it’s a tough loss, but it doesn’t take away from our
season. We know we had a great season, we just didn’t want to end it
“It’s amazing, it’s been a great run,” said Brandow,
who rushed for 89 yards on 20 carries in his final high school game.
“I’m upset not because we lost, but because it’s over. I love these
Chenango Forks (12-1) won its third straight state
title by manhandling Greenwich the way the Witches had dominated their
opponents all season.
The Blue Devils had three backs top 100 yards rushing
as they sprinted through gaping holes torn by their bigger, quicker
offensive line. Cody Lamond led the way with 149 yards and three
touchdowns on eight carries, and quarterback Tony Silvanic ran several
midline options that gouged the Witches for 126 yards. Forks racked up
484 yards on the ground, and outgained Greenwich 501-230 in total yards.
“The issue was defensively, trying to stop them,”
Linnett said. “They have so many weapons of their own, and ran midline
option very well. That isn’t easy to run, they ran it well and it’s
really hard to defend. … They get you outnumbered and the backs are
tough they don’t go down.”
The gruesome sight of Whitehouse being bent backward
on a tackle that knocked him out of the game deflated the Witches, who
already trailed 28-7 at that point.
“I was just running, got hit and my foot rolled
underneath me,” said Whitehouse, who had to be helped off the field with
5:29 left in the third quarter. “I’m not one to come out, so anything
that stops me from going in, it hurts pretty bad.”
Whitehouse finished the game 10 for 17 for 74 yards,
including a 6-yard touchdown pass to Brendan Stout just before halftime.
After Whitehouse’s injury, Greenwich was intercepted
at the Forks’ 2-yard line, and the Blue Devils scored a back-breaking
touchdown on a 53-yard run by L.J. Watson (106 yards, 2 TDs).
“Once Lukas went out, it was like, ‘All right, there
goes a big threat on our offense,’ because he can throw and run, so it
was huge when he went out,” said senior Kyle Boddery, who was named the
outstanding offensive lineman of the game.
“We tried to rally, but obviously you’re not going to
replace Lukas in any way, and we were already behind the eight ball
before that,” Linnett said.
Forks had seized the momentum with back-to-back
touchdowns late in the first quarter a 1-yard run by Tim McDonald, a
strip-and-fumble-recovery by Lamond on the ensuing kickoff, followed by
a Watson touchdown for a 14-0 lead. Lamond added a 61-yard touchdown run
late in the second quarter for a 21-0 lead.
“That’s a very good football team right there,”
Brandow said. “We got down early, we made a lot of mental mistakes and
when you spot a team 21 points like that, you’re not going to come
“It’s still a great season for these guys they’re
the second-best team in the state,” Linnett said. “They have a lot to be
proud of and this doesn’t diminish what they accomplished this year.
They won the eastern side of the state they should be proud of that.”
Tough ending: Greenwich, Ticonderoga fall at Dome
SYRACUSE This area came painstakingly close to having a state football
champion on Friday, but Section IV swept the Class C and D titles at the
Thanks to MVP Jesse Manuel’s 33-yard touchdown run
with 16 seconds left, Tioga beat Ticonderoga 33-26 in the Class D final,
while Chenango Forks topped Greenwich, 42-7, in the Class C game.
Manuel second all-time on the state career rushing
yards list had 29 carries for 216 yards and three touchdowns for Tioga
(12-1). The Sentinels finished their season with an 11-2 record.
Ticonderoga had taken a quick 14-0 lead in the first
quarter, denying Tioga the ball until there was 2:28 left in the first
quarter. That turned out to be the best defense against Manuel.
The fourth quarter of the ‘D’ final featured two lead
changes and a tie before Manuel’s final score. The Sentinels sandwiched
a Tioga score on a 12-yard scoring run from Ryan Trudeau and a 1-yard
quarterback sneak from Brody Rocque with 2:18 left to tie the score at
Rocque was named the game’s most valuable offensive
back, Trudeau the most valuable defensive back and Chase Dixon the most
valuable defensive lineman.
“It would’ve been nice to win it, but we showed up, we
represented pretty well. I’m proud of this team,” Trudeau said. “I
thought our defense really stepped up, we played with a lot of
intensity. It would’ve been nice if we could’ve held them one or two
more times, but it is what it is.”
“It was obviously a great season we played for a state championship,”
Ticonderoga coach Scott Nephew said. “It’s definitely going to hurt for
a while, but looking 10, 20 years down the road, they can realize what
Greenwich (12-1) ran into a more experienced, bigger,
faster Chenango Forks squad. It was the Blue Devils’ third straight
Class C state title and fifth overall.
Forks rushed for 482 yards and dominated both lines of
scrimmage. Quarterback and MVP Tony Silvanic was one of three Blue
Devils with more than 100 yards rushing.
“They just blew us back and we didn’t really take it that well,” said
Greenwich quarterback Lukas Whitehouse, who left the game halfway
through the third quarter with a left ankle injury. “I thought we
could’ve gotten a lot more yards on them and get more opportunities to
score, but we kind of hurt ourselves coming out flat in the beginning.
“It doesn’t take away from our season. We had a great
season, we just didn’t want it to end this way,” he added.
Greenwich’s only touchdown came on a 6-yard pass from
Whitehouse to Brendan Stout with 14 seconds left in the second quarter.
Also for Greenwich, Zach Smith was named the game’s
most valuable offensive lineman.
“They have a lot to be proud of, and maybe they’re
setting up a tradition so we can come back in the future,” Greenwich
coach Brandon Linnett said.
Stevens: Section 4 home of football champions
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
So, make it a third successive year for Section 4
teams logging multiple state football championships.
Over a five-season span, Broome County programs have
harvested seven state titles and this go-round they welcomed aboard a
neighbor to the west.
Indeed, something is going right for the “Haves” of
Friday in the Dome brought dissimilar paths to
championships for this autumn’s Toasts of the Tier, Chenango Forks and
Tioga and Ticonderoga, schools separated by 260 or so
miles and a conder, co-starred in an action-thriller matinee. From
erasure of a tenuous early deficit to gripping last-minute adventure,
this one lacked nothing.
Then, 50 minutes after its absurdly scheduled start
time, Forks welcomed to the woodshed its latest in a stream of playoff
victims. Those who believed unbeaten, second-ranked Greenwich to be in
for a fair fight hadn’t seen what’d been brewing of late for the boys in
the red helmets.
Separating the Class D and Class C finals was a Class
A exhibition that brought 95 points and, regrettably, evidence that
defense needn’t necessarily be executed in a state championship game.
Tioga’s once-beaten Tigers aren’t celebrating a
championship this weekend if not for one youngster’s refusal to let them
lose in his final high school football game.
Jesse Manuel, four-season Tioga wiz and hands-down
Class D State Player of the Year gotta be! flipped a shoulda-been
Ticonderoga touchdown into a critical last-minute interception. His
subsequent 48 yards worth of return set up the Tigers 34 yards from the
targeted stripe with 44 seconds to play.
Two nothing-happening plays later, it was a simple
matter of Jesse being Jesse.
He accepted a handoff and started right, happened into
a little something in the middle, re-directed craftily left and, with
teammates Adam Zwierlein and Tyler Whitmore kindly and forcefully
assisting, completed a 33-yard zip of a touchdown with 16 seconds to
Storybook stuff is what it was on the way to 33-26
over Section 7’s champions from the southeastern corner of Essex County.
And then just because why wouldn’t he? the Super
Welterweight who’d applied finishing touches on 4.88 miles worth of
varsity rushing yardage went ahead and snapped for the PAT.
All this after the Tigers dropped into a 14-0 hole
before so much as calling an offensive play.
Call it Grade-A fortitude on the part of a group of
lads playing for not only themselves, but those who’d done the uniform
so proud but failed to secure space on that turf under the roof.
And that made for successive weekends of high drama
staged by Tioga's boys, 38-36 escapees the Friday before against Bishop
Kearney. Yeah, they earned their stripes.
Later, after defense rested during that prolonged
Class A interruption, Chenango Forks set upon its quest to draw within
one of Maine-Endwell’s New York-record four consecutive high school
And had a fine time doing so, at that.
It was 14-0 after a quarter, and while the 21-7
halftime difference suggested to some a hint of uncertainty regarding
the outcome, the Blue Devils went and robbed any remaining drama in
Eighty yards on 11 plays went the initial second-half
scoring drive, 98 yards on eight plays went the second.
It was 35-7 when the final quarter commenced, and
before 42-7 had concluded, Forks’ reserves were afforded their just due
on the grand stage.
The Blue Devils made it 9-for-their-last-9 in state
playoff games, three successive championships, against an opponent
representing a program debuting in a state final.
The discrepancy in comfort level was profound.
“We come into every game confident,” said Forks senior
Dylan Studer, who’s come to know his way around a microphone or digital
recorder. Media-savvy, shall we say. “We don’t come in cocky but we come
in confident, we think that makes the biggest difference. You come in
cocky, it allows you to make a lot of mistakes. When you come in
confident, your head’s held high and it makes a big difference.”
Quarterback/linebacker Tony Silvanic was awarded the
plaque symbolic of his recognition as Most Valuable Player. And where
may that plaque be displayed? He wasn’t so sure of that, rather, “I’m
just more looking forward to watch the underclassmen win another one
next year,” he said, in customary Forks fashion.
Forks’ personnel regularly, along the road to that
next championship, articulates a mission to make the next outing better
than the most recent.
Hard to imagine one superior to what was on display in
a semifinal dismantling of Bath a piece up Interstate 81, but Friday’s
indeed may top the pile.
“This one might have been, it really might have been,”
coach David Hogan said. “Impulsively, I’m thinking right now, but I
think it probably was. That’s your goal, when you try to get better
every week, right? You want to save the best for the end and I certainly
think several kids did have their best game, I can say that.
“It probably was our best effort.”
As we transition to winter sports season, just a
thought going forward:
Some year, perhaps something akin to the level of
commitment that breeds state championship-caliber football will rub off
on the fellas who play high school basketball in Broome and nearby
Nah. That’s crazy talk.
Greenwich falls to Chenango Forks in state final
SYRACUSE >> Greenwich entered the Carrier Dome Friday
having already put up the most wins in its football program’s history.
One more would have capped an undefeated season and earned the team it’s
first state title.
It wasn’t to be.
Chenango Forks (12-1), the two-time defending champs,
made it a three-peat in Class C with a 42-7 win over Greenwich (12-1) in
the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championship.
“We just ran into a buzz-saw tonight,” Greenwich coach
Brandon Linnett said. “You can’t simulate their speed and power, how
quickly they come off the ball.”
Greenwich’s offense moved the ball at times, but could
not finish a drive until 22 seconds before halftime when quarterback
Lukas Whitehouse found Brendan Stout for a 6-yard score. That made it
21-7 and the Witches hoped to build on that drive in the third quarter.
The Chenango Forks offense had other ideas.
The Blue Devils used multiple backs to gash the
Witches defense and found ways to make a plays in nearly every
situation. The biggest may have been a 21-yard pass on third and long
from game-MVP Tony Silvanic to Cody Lamond on the first drive of the
“He’s a very smart player and he makes good
decisions,” Blue Devils coach David Hogan said of Silvanic. “I trusted
him on that play.”
The first down pass set up Lamond’s 11-yard touchdown
run one play later that made it 28-7.
On Greenwich’s next drive, Whitehouse got his leg
twisted as he was being tackled by two players and was helped off with
an injured ankle. He did not return to the game.
“I’m not one to come out so anything that stops me
from going in hurts pretty bad,” the senior quarterback said.
Greenwich running back Mike Brandow picked up a first
down when the game resumed and Cole Burgess gained positive yards on an
end-around, but backup quarterback Josh James, a sophomore, was
intercepted by Seth Bush on the next play to halt the drive.
Brandow finished with 93 yards on 21 carries.
The Blue Devils marched right down the field the other
way before LJ Watson broke away for a 54 yard touchdown run that made it
35-7 and essentially sealed the contest.
Cody Lamond scored his second touchdown of the game
early in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring. The Chenango Forks
first team offense scored on every second half possession until the
reserves came in to run out the clock. It was the school’s fifth state
title in football in its ninth finals appearance.
“We have four kids who we feel can score from anywhere
on the field,” Hogan said. “That kind of speed and that kind of strength
is hard to come by.”
The Blue Devils rushed for 480 yards in the contest.
Despite the loss, the season and the experience of
playing in the Dome in front of a supportive community was one Greenwich
players said they will remember forever.
“Indescribable, just the big scale,” senior Kyle
Boddery said. “It was a lot louder than we expected it to be. We
shouldn’t hang our heads because we made history for our town.”
“It was a great feeling, I’ll never have anything like
it again and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Whitehouse added. “It
felt like we had something going. It just wasn’t in our favor today.”
Whitehouse made plays on both sides of the ball Friday
night, including an interception in the first quarter on Chenango Forks’
first drive of the game.
On the ensuing drive, however, two plays that went for
first downs were negated by penalties.
“I thought we could move the ball,” Whitehouse said.
“A couple penalties hurt us and it was just downhill from there.”
The Blue Devils got the ball back on their own 18 yard
line and didn’t take long to drive into Witches territory. A big run by
Silvanic set up a 1st and goal from the 1-yard line and Tim McDonald
punched it in to open the scoring. Silvanic’s extra point made it 7-0.
The Blue Devils forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff
return to regain possession on the Witches’ 21-yard line. Watson, a
junior, covered all 21 yards on two plays to help his team stake a 14-0
Cole Burgess’ 45-yard kickoff return set Greenwich up
across midfield. The Witches couldn’t take advantage, however, as a 4th
down screen pass to Brandow was tipped by a Blue Devils defender.
Chenango Forks’ efficient running offense drove deep
into Greenwich territory early in the second quarter. A penalty on 1st
and goal from the 10-yard line pushed the Blue Devils back and the
Witches defense forced a fumble on the next play to regain possession.
A Greenwich punt gave Chenango Forks another chance
and this time they capitalized. Cody Lamond took a toss then followed
his blocking 61 yards up the left side of the field for the third
touchdown of the contest.
Trailing 21-0, Greenwich needed a score to try and
swing the momentum with less than four minutes before halftime. The
Witches did just that on a 13-play drive in which Whitehouse went
6-for-8 through the air. The senior captain completed a 4th and nine
pass to Burgess to extend the drive then found Brendan Stout for their
only score of the game. Senior kicker Linnea D’Acchille became the first
female player to score a point in a state championship football game
when she split the uprights with the point after.
Chenango Forks only extended the lead the rest of the
way, however for their first three-peat in school history.
Greenwich could not have put together a season like
this without the play of its eight seniors Whitehouse, Brandow,
D’Acchille, Boddery, George Ostrowski, Dylan Harsha, Zach Clougher and
However, the success of this 2015 team did set a
target for future Witches teams to aim at.
“They have a lot to be proud of,” Linnett said of his
team. “They’re setting things up so maybe we can come back in the future
... it’s bright.”
Greenwich drops state title game 42-7
Chenango Forks wins third straight Class C crown
The Daily Gazette
Touchdown, fumble, touchdown.
Just like that, Greenwich was in a hole too deep to
dig out of in Friday’s state Class C championship football game against
Chenango Forks, a team that’s known to bend but not break.
That’s what the Blue Devils from Binghamton did in
recording their third consecutive title-game win at the Carrier Dome,
and second in a row against a Section II foe, 42-7.
This was the first trip to the title game for the
“They just blew us back,” Greenwich quarterback and
free safety Lukas Whitehouse said. “I though we could get more yards and
touchdowns than we did.”
Chenango Forks (Section IV, 12-1) got all the
touchdowns it would need in a span of 39 seconds in the opening quarter,
and added another before Greenwich (12-1) cracked the end zone for its
lone score just before the break.
The Blue Devils doubled their touchdown output in the
second half while their defense surrendered little.
“You can’t simulate their speed and power and how they
come off the ball,” Greenwich coach Brandon Linnett said. “They had us
on our heels.”
The Witches had piled up at least 40 points in each of
their five previous postseason games, including state tournament wins
against Liberty (41-13) and Gouverneur (49-13) that propelled the
Section II representative into its first New York final.
“We haven’t had a lot of success the last few years,”
Whitehouse said. “The town is proud of us, and we’re proud of
Greenwich made its only other state tournament
appearance in 1997 (Class D) and beat Moriah in a regional game before a
semifinal loss to Bronxville.
Watervliet (1996) and Hoosick Falls (2012) are the
only Section II teams to win a state Class C championship.
“We made history for the town,” Greenwich two-way
tackle Kyle Boddery said. “It’s sad, but at the same time, we made
history for the school.”
Tony Silvanic’s quarterback keeper went for 42 yards
to the one before Tim McDonald gave Chenango Forks the lead with 3:29
left in the opening quarter.
Cole Burgess was stripped of the ball by Cody Lamond
on the ensuing kickoff and Lamond recovered at the 21.
“I saw he was hanging it out,” Lamond, a running back
and defensive back, said. “I ripped it like we are taught. I saw an
opportunity and took it.”
Runs of 18 and three yards by L.J. Watson gave the
Blue Devils their second touchdown in a 39-second span, and Lamond
padded their lead with a 61-yard burst to the end zone in the second
“That was huge,” Silvanic said of the quick
touchdowns. “That set the tone for the rest of the game.”
Greenwich got on the board with 14 seconds left in the
half on a six-yard touchdown pass from Whitehouse to Brendan Stout.
Whitehouse and Zach Smith made key defensive plays to
help keep the game close. Whitehouse ended Chenango Forks’ first drive
of the game with an interception, and Zach Smith recovered a fumble in
the second frame after the Blue Devils had reached the Witches’ 15.
Lamond scored his second touchdown on an 11-yard,
third-quarter run, one play after making a 21-yard catch on a
third-and-19 play. Silvanic had a 46-yard run earlier in the drive.
Watson went 53 yards for his second touchdown late in
the third, and Lamond delivered again on an 14-yard run in the fourth.
Lamond ran for 169 yards on nine carries and Silvanic
gained 128 yards on eight attempts. Mike Brandow led Greenwich with 93
rushing yards on 21 carries.
Whitehouse left with an ankle injury in the third
quarter after Greenwich fell behind 28-7. The senior ran 10 times for 39
yards and was 11-for-18 passing for 89 yards.
Chenango Forks defeated Hoosick Falls 20-14 and Rye
Neck 28-27 in the last two Class C title games, and copped Class B
crowns back in 2004 and 2003.
Greenwich senior Linnea D’Acchille extended what is
believed to be the state’s one-season points record for a female to 53
with a PAT. D’Acchille was perfect on 13 PAT attempts in the Witches’
three state tournament contests.
Another female, Chenango Forks junior Hanna Layton,
ran once for three yards after the Blue Devils had built their 42-7
Chenango Forks had 501 yards of offense to Greenwich’s