2001 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 1 vs Owego - CF wins 27-7 


Article courtesy of the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin - staff reports

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CHENANGO FORKS -- Good defense and a balanced running game have been the keys to Chenango Forks' success in recent years.

Both were on display Saturday in the Blue Devils' 27-7 victory over visiting Owego Free Academy in the high school football opener for both teams.

CF held the Indians to 67 total yards of offense, including 26 yards rushing on 29 carries. The Blue Devils also ran for 196 yards with four different players scoring touchdowns.

"We had some young kids step it up, especially on defense," CF coach Kelsey Green said. "The front seven I felt controlled the game today."

Drew Batty, Roy Deyo, Jamie Hoover and Chris Spencer scored touchdowns for Forks. Deyo led the Blue Devils with 73 yards rushing on just nine carries.

But all was not well with CF's performance. There were four first-half turnovers, including a pair of fumbles that kept Owego in the game.

The Indians took advantage on the third of those turnovers, recovering a fumbled snap on CF's 26-yard line in the second quarter.

Two plays later, quarterback Jesse Skellett found Matt Luhrs in the end zone for a 22-yard TD pass. Luhrs made a leaping grab in double coverage.

The touchdown and PAT, cut CF's lead to 13-7 with 6:33 left in the quarter.

"We were fortunate that we had good field position in the first half, or they would have really taken advantage of our mistakes," Green said. "The turnovers are a thing that turn a good team into an average team. We have to work on that."

Turnovers, however, doomed Owego in the second half, especially a fumble on its 20 midway through the third quarter that was the knockout blow by Forks.

The Blue Devils took just four plays to score, capped by Hoover's 7-yard run, to go up 20-7 with 3:56 left in the third quarter.

Spencer added a 17-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Except for a late drive against CF's reserves in the closing minutes, Owego didn't threaten again.

"Defensively I think we played a decent game, but it was on the field too long," Owego coach Tim McDonald said of the defense. "Forks' defense was pretty impressive. Their speed is incredible.

"I think if we didn't fumble, it's a different ballgame, though."

It appeared Forks would roll to victory after scoring a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter.

After Owego's three-and-out on its opening possession, CF went 38 yards on nine plays, all on the ground, scoring on Batty's 3-yard run with 5:16 left to go up 7-0.

Later in the quarter, Deyo took a handoff from Spencer and took it outside for a 38-yard run, outrunning several Owego defenders.

"I saw a lot of running room at first and then I saw a guy come over," Deyo said. "I thought he was going to get me but I had a good cutback and just kept going.

"With so many guys that can run the ball, it takes a lot of pressure off me."

Green was generally pleased with the his team's overall performance but knows that there is plenty of work to be done.

"We're getting the kinks out, we have a long way to go," Green said. "It's a beginning, but not a bad one."


1 2 3 4   Tot
Chenango Forks 13 0 7 7 - 27
Owego 0 7 0 0 - 7
  • CF - Batty 3 run (Tronovitch kick).
  • CF - Deyo 38 run (kick failed)
  • Ow - Luhrs 22 pass from Skellett (Toal kick).
  • CF - Hoover 7 run (Tronovitch kick).
  • CF - Spencer 17 run (Tronovitch kick).


Owego CF
First Downs 4 11
Rushes-yards 29 for 26 45 for 196
Passing yards 41 42
Comp-Att-Int 3-14-2 3-5-0
Punts-ave yards 9-32 3-49
Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-3
Penalties-yards 4-34 4-25


Owego rushing:  

  • Travis Tucker 7-(-3)
  • Nate Pierce 6-2
  • Josh Horton 4-33
  • Mike Winters 4-11
  • Jesse Skellet 8-(-17)

Chenango Forks rushing:  

  • Jamie Hoover 12-63, 1 TD
  • Roy Deyo 9-73, 1 TD
  • Drew Batty 2-5, 1 TD
  • Matt Juriga 3-5
  • Chris Spencer 5-29, 1 TD
  • Steve Tronovitch 4-7
  • Nick Mirabito 2-13
  • Coy Reynolds 2-1
  • Rob Voorhis 1-(-4)
  • Tim Green 1-(-4)
  • Joey Carle 3-7
  • Dan Pendleton 1-1

Owego passing

  • Jesse Skellet 3-for-14, 41 yards, TD, 2 int.

Chenango Forks passing: 

  • Chris Spencer 1-for-3, 16 yards, int.
  • Matt Juriga 2-for-2, 26 yards

Owego receiving: 

  • Matt Luhrs 1-22, td
  • Adam Harrington 2-19

Chenango Forks receiving:  

  • Zack Tarnowski 2-34
  • Roy Deyo 1-8

JV Score: CF 39, Owego 0



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