The Blue Devils' 

Chris Spencer

Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin Athlete Of The Week

Kelsey got a color picture, why not Chris?

November  15, 2001

By Kevin Stevens - Press & Sun-Bulletin

* Year in school: Junior.

* Age: 17.

* Height/weight: 5-foot-9, 160 pounds.

* Sport: Football.

* Position: Quarterback/ safety.

* Notable accomplishment: In what may have been his finest game of the season to date, Spencer had a hand in three of Chenango Forks' four touchdowns in a 25-14 win over Oneonta for Section 4's Class B championship.

Spencer gained 46 yards on his first carry of the night, and three plays later capped the Blue Devils' opening possession with a 1-yard sneak for a score. It was Spencer's 34-yard pass to Scott Lance that set up another TD. Then Spencer raced 66 yards down the sideline for the final points of the night.

For the game, he rushed five times for 122 yards and completed his only two passes for 42 yards.

* Athlete's perspective: "Our main goal in the playoffs was to avenge the two losses we had last year," Spencer said of back-to-back setbacks against Corning East and Oneonta in 2000. "We knew that to accomplish that, we'd have to be sharp mentally and physically.

"Against Oneonta, we knew they'd be a good team, but we didn't expect them to be as physical as they were. Physically, they beat us in the first quarter. ... Once we were able to stop that quick pass that was hurting us early on, we felt we could win the game."

On the two-quarterback system: "It's not about who's the quarterback on this team. Other positions switch in and out, too. It doesn't matter who does the best, all that matters is that this team wins."

Was the Oneonta game his best of the season? "I think it was my most complete game, but it was a total team effort."

* Coach's perspective: "He ran the option to perfection on those two long runs," Forks coach Kelsey Green said. "On the first one, he broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage. On the second one, it was just blocked to perfection and he wasn't touched until [Oneonta's Geoff Bean] got a hand on his foot."

"Chris is a very intense kid," Green added. "We as coaches are hard on him as well as Matt Juriga [with whom Spencer shares quarterbacking duties]. But when he feels as though he didn't make the right decision, it really bothers him.

"He's just gotten better and better every week. Both of those quarterbacks, they're just winners. They're good in the classroom and they're good kids, period. And no one is rooting harder for Chris than Matt, and no one is rooting harder for Matt than Chris."

* Other sports: Basketball, baseball.

* Outside of sports: Works on general physical conditioning.

* Immediate goal: Win state football championship.

* Long-range goal: Attend college and play ball -- sport to be determined -- and study to become a teacher.