|JOHNSON CITY -- Taking repeated advantage
of a chimney-high pile of Johnson City blunders, Chenango Forks
claimed a 48-28 victory Saturday in a football game that was
considerably more lopsided and as aesthetically pleasing as a
The Blue Devils enlarged a 22-0 halftime lead to 42-6 in the
early stages of the fourth quarter, in the process limiting JC
to six offensive snaps in the third quarter.
Halfback Roy Deyo rushed for a game-best 103 yards and Forks'
quarterback platoon accounted for the game's first four
touchdowns as the Blue Devils improved to a 2-0 record with the
Whether or not a JC squad operating at peak efficiency might
have had a shot in this one is anyone's guess. But with the
Wildcats turning over the football eight times, Forks wasn't
"I'd like to give them the credit," JC coach Tony
Romeo said, referring to his team's unending string of miscues.
"They're a good football team. I thought they were before
the game and I haven't changed my opinion at all. They're a
solid club. There is very little weakness. They don't make many
"They're an opportunistic team and they make their
One blocked punt and one JC turnover led to two of the Blue
Devils' three first-half scores, and the guests twice recovered
onside kicks in the third period and made short work of the
resulting short field on each occasion.
Defensively, the Blue Devils blanked Johnson City into the
fourth quarter, to which point the Wildcats' lone points were
scored when Jon Colgan returned a fumble 45 yards to the end
zone midway through the third.
Forks recovered three JC fumbles in the first quarter, and
its first TD came after Rick Ganoung blocked Colgan's punt to
set up the Blue Devils at the 1-yard line. Rick Spencer,
splitting time at quarterback with junior classmate Matt Juriga,
scored on a quarterback sneak and added the two-point run with
2:47 to play in the first quarter.
Spencer scored another TD, and Juriga two in the second
quarter, during which JC punted once and was intercepted twice.
"We're so pumped up before games, we feel like our
defense is unstoppable," said junior Kelsey Jenks, Forks'
All-Metro nose man and the root of a good deal of which troubled
Johnson City on this day. "We just come and play with a lot
of heart, that's how our defense runs.
"If our tackles clog holes, I'm there, or if I'm
clogging a hole I can count on them to be there. Pretty much, we
all rely on one another and we've all got the speed to do
Forks coach Kelsey Green said, "After the rocky start, I
think we did sort of control the line of scrimmage a little
To start matters, Johnson City fumbled away the football at
its 23-yard line on the first play from scrimmage, and Forks
returned the favor on the very next play. Johnson City's second
possession ended with another lost fumble, but Forks proceeded
to give up the ball on downs after reaching the hosts' 24-yard
In all, a combined eight fumbles were lost. Forks'
intercepted JC quarterbacks four times, with the second of Jamie
Hoover's pair of picks returned 27 yards for a fourth-quarter
score that made it 42-6.
Spencer and Juriga accounted for the other interceptions.
"Jon Ruminski is sick, he's got some kind of bug, so I
don't think we saw his true colors today," Romeo said of
his starting quarterback. "(Reserve QB Joe Tokos) is coming
along. Joe can throw the ball, he'll hang in there. He got the
opportunity and he demonstrated what he can do."
Tokos completed three of 10 passes, including fourth-quarter
touchdowns of 14 and 36 yards to Nate Kocak.
"This was definitely an improvement as far as intensity
over a week ago," said Romeo, whose team absorbed a 28-0
season-opening loss to Oneonta. "I think we played with
more determination against a real solid club. I was happy with
Chenango Forks plays host to Dryden next Saturday. Johnson
City will seek its first victory when it ventures to Elmira
Southside, also on Saturday.
- picture 1 - CFs' Roy Deyo
returns a 4th quarter punt while JCs' Matt McGovern attempts
to thwart his efforts
- picture 2 - JCs'
Dan Matias returns a 2nd quarter punt while CFs' Art Baxter
attempts to thwart his efforts.