The Blue Devils' 

Kelsey Jenks

Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin Athlete Of The Week

October 25, 2001

By Kevin Stevens - Press & Sun-Bulletin

* Year in school: Junior.

* Height/weight: 6-foot-1     215 pounds. 

* Sport: Football.

* Position: 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 Conference.

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 points-per-game average.

Just two Forks opponents have reached the 100-yard rushing mark.

* 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 do."

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 sideline.

"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 football.