Year in school: Junior.
6-foot-1 215 pounds.
* Sport: Football.
Offensive tackle/nose guard.
* Notable accomplishment:
Kelsey Jenks and his
defensive mates turned in an outstanding performance in Chenango
Forks' surprisingly one sided 27-0 victory over
Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton on Saturday, which left Forks a 4-0
record and alone atop Division IV of the Section 4 Football
The Blue Devils blanked a B-G/Afton squad that had averaged
31.2 points per game through its first six outings.
The Blue Devils have limited six of seven opponents to
single-digit totals, the exception a 48-28 win over Johnson City
in which the Wildcats trailed 42-6 in the fourth quarter. The
shutout of Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton was Forks' second of the
season, and the Devils have held opponents to an eight
Just two Forks opponents have reached the 100-yard rushing
* Athlete's perspective:
"We knew we had to work
hard during the week of preparation for B-G/A," Jenks said.
"We knew we had to take it very seriously, step it up more
than we had in any other week. We wanted to show how good our
defense is and how tough we were. Our goal is to be the best
defense in Section 4.
"I focused on reading their center. Their line is
probably the biggest and strongest we've played against. I did
what I had to do and the guys outside did what they had to
On the perfect record: "It is pretty surprising to be
7-0. We had a scrimmage against Oxford and Delhi, and Delhi beat
us bad in that one. We realized at that point we weren't going
to be a 7-0 team unless we did something drastic. We may have
had big heads and that brought us down a little bit."
* Coach's perspective: "He gets his share of
double-teams, and there have been some triple-teams, whether
those have been intentional or it's just happened that
way," coach Kelsey Green said. "But what he's able to
do is get off those double-teams.
"He has that motor, that quickness that a lot of
defensive linemen don't have to make the plays from sideline to
"It's still a process, and he's getting better and
better. And where he's really improving is on offense. He had a
very good game offensively against B-G/A, which had a couple of
very good tackles."
* Other sports:
Track & field.
Outside of sports: Avid weight-lifter; participates
in youth group.
*Immediate goal: "We definitely want to make it
to the Carrier Dome [for the state playoffs]," he said.
Long-range goal: To play NCAA Division I
-- KEVIN STEVENS