The article from the Syracuse paper is at the bottom of this
page, below the stats.
Make it 11 Chenango Forks football opponents up and 11 down, not
a one able to get the better of this tremendously intense and
physical unit that may now set very realistic sights on a state
Friday night's step in that direction
came in the form of a 27-7 battering of Cazenovia in a Class B
state quarterfinal in the Carrier
Dome, a shutout averted when the Lakers punched one in with 2
1/2 minutes left and the outcome long since decided.
As 20-point margins of victory go, this
one was more than a tad misleading.
Forks, ranked No. 1 among the state's
Class B lot for many good reasons, was far superior.
Senior halfback Roy Deyo was the
big-play offensive guy, scoring on rushes of 62 and 59 yards,
and on an effortless 20-yard reception from Chris Spencer as the
Blue Devils hammered away to a 27-0 halftime lead.
Ahead will be a semifinal back in the
Dome against either Olean or Bath on Friday.
As for the quarterfinal, beginning with
the very first play of the second quarter, it was really no
That second 12-minute segment began with
Forks holding a mere 7-0 advantage and staring down third-and-8
from its 41-yard line. The call was for a counter play, the ball
carrier Deyo, and the primary path-clearer Kelsey Jenks.
Deyo accepted the handoff, made his way
through initial traffic to the middle of the field and ... well
6 allow him to describe what transpired.
"There was one guy to beat and I
was following Kelsey Jenks," Deyo said of his able-bodied
escort. "If you're following Kelsey Jenks, there's no
better feeling than that. You know you're going."
Go, he did, sprung by Jenks' leveling of
that final defender at about the Lakers' 40. Deyo completed the
59-yard touchdown run, Steve Tronovitch added the point-after,
and it was the safest of 14-0 leads.
That, by the way, was Deyo's second
score of the night. The first came on the third play from
scrimmage, when he tore off on a speed sweep for a 62-yarder
down the Blue Devils'
sideline that, it appeared in hindsight, dealt Cazenovia (9-2) a
blow from which it never fully recovered.
A 14-0 lead, on this night, wasn't about
to evaporate. Not with this Forks defense at its very best,
making things absolutely miserable for Lakers quarterback
Koesterer had thrown for nearly 1,400
yards before Friday.
Of course, he'd yet to encounter
anything like this Blue Devils' defense, with Steve Blackman and
Jake Frisch and Jordan Jenks and Art Baxter and Jenks and the
rest to go with that well-schooled secondary. Koesterer may be
seeing red helmets in his sleep for some time to come.
He threw for 86 yards, but that came on
7-for-17 with three interceptions and too many pressures and
bruises to track.
"Chenango Forks has a very good
defensive line," Cazenovia coach Tom Neidl said. "That
nose guard [Jenks], he's a tough cookie. He's quick, and he was
coming on a lot of plays. And he wasn't the only one causing
Talk about problems? The Lakers turned
the football over five times, and had 14 plays go for negative
yardage. In fact, Forks turned two turnovers into second-quarter
Frisch recovered a fumble near midfield,
and four plays later, Spencer delivered the tidiest of
third-and-9 passes for a 20-yard score to Deyo, who was led
perfectly and received the ball near the goal line beyond a
"Chris did everything on that play
but catch it-- it was that beautiful," Deyo said.
And then there was an interception by
the Devils' Drew Batty, one of two for him on the night, setting
up Forks at the Lakers' 19 with 54 seconds to play in the half.
The TD was the doing of Jamie Hoover, a
4-yard rush that served to complement all the superb defense he
played all night -- all season!
"We just came out more fired up,
just took it to them early," said Hoover, his right hand a
swollen mess upon completion of this very satisfying win.
Cazenovia threatened on occasion in the
second half, only to be thwarted by Forks defenders.
There was Frisch pressuring Koesterer
into a fourth-down incompletion from the Devils' 36, Hoover
intercepting a pass thrown from Forks' 16-yard line, and then
picking off another on first-and-goal from the 7.
"We got pressure from the outside
and a good push up the middle without having to do any real
stunting tonight," Forks coach Kelsey Green said.
In other words, it was just the basics,
no trickery, that was more than sufficient to dominate this one.
"As a team, I think this was
probably our best game," Deyo said.
(top) - Chenango
Forks running back Roy Deyo looks for room to run as
he is being chased by Cazenovia's Jack Sessler
during Friday's Class B state quarterfinal at the
Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Deyo had two long
touchdown runs and a TD pass reception to lead
Chenango Forks to a 27-7 victory.
(lower) - Cazenovia
quarterback Jamison Koesterer, left, and Chenango
Forks' Jake Frisch wind up battling for a fumble
during the second quarter of Friday's state
quarterfinal game in the Carrier Dome. Frisch wound
up recovering and Forks won, 27-7.