2001 Chenango Forks Varsity Football

Game 6 vs Elmira Notre Dame - CF Wins 27-9 , goes 6-0 

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Articles courtesy of the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin - Staff reports

and the Elmira Star-Gazette - Al Losey

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Binghamton newspaper online article - Nick Mirabito's 95-yard interception return for a touchdown gave visiting Chenango Forks a cushion in its 27-9 victory over Elmira Notre Dame in a Section 4 Football Conference Division IV game Friday night.

Elmira ND had shut out the Blue Devils in the first half to take a 9-0 lead.

But Chris Spencer's 59-yard TD run and Matt Juriga's 3-yard run helped put Forks ahead, 14-9, after three quarters.

Mirabito's defensive TD extended the lead to 20-9 in the fourth quarter.

Elmira Star-Gazette newspaper online article - ND rally stopped before it begins - The Notre Dame Crusaders appeared to be on the way to the winning touchdown with less than four minutes left. Moments later, they found themselves behind by three scores. That quick turnaround helped seal Notre Dame's fate in a 27-9 loss to Chenango Forks on Friday night in a Section 4 Division 4 showdown.

Forks (6-0, 3-0) led 14-9 in the fourth quarter, but Notre Dame (4-2, 2-1) took over at the Blue Devils' 10-yard line after a muffed punt. After three plays resulted in minus 5 yards, senior quarterback Pat Manuel rolled right and threw toward an open receiver in the end zone. Manuel's dart was on target, but Forks' Nick Mirabito jumped in front for the interception and took off down the left sideline. Ninety-five yards later, Forks led 20-9.

Another interception on Notre Dame's next possession gave Forks the ball on the Notre Dame 43. On the next play, Forks halfback Roy Deyo went off right tackle, eluded two would-be tacklers and scored Forks' second touchdown in less than two minutes.

"We're not as big as Forks, so we can't be as physical," Notre Dame coach Dick Craft said. "I think they just wore us down. You can't fault our kids. We just played a terrific team. We knew they were a second-half team. That's what they've done against everybody."

Notre Dame started the game strong, moving the ball easily on the ground in the first two quarters, and carried a 9-0 lead into halftime. Mike Drake scored on a 9-yard run for the Crusaders and Peworchik hit a 22-yard field goal.

However, Notre Dame would have led by even more if it hadn't squandered three first-and-goal opportunities in the first half.

Chenango Forks' Chris Spencer went 59 yards on a quarterback draw for a touchdown five minutes into the second half. Then, with about three minutes left in the period, junior quarterback Matt Juriga scored from 3 yards out.

"Nobody gave up after the first half," Spencer said. "I told the guys in the huddle, just make your blocks and we can break something. The difference was our offensive line. They played a heck of a game."

Deyo led Forks with 172 yards on 15 carries; Whitteker topped Notre Dame with 139 yards on 15 carries.

"Hopefully, we can win our next two games," Whitteker said. "Then we'll see this team again in the playoffs."




1 2 3 4   Tot
Chenango Forks 0 0 14 13 - 27
Elmira Notre Dame 6 3 0 0 - 9
  • END - Drake 9 run (kick blocked)
  • END - Peworchik 22 field goal
  • CF - Spencer 59 run (Tronovitch kick)
  • CF - Juriga 3 run (Tronovitch kick)
  • CF - Mirabito 95 interception return (kick failed)
  • CF - Deyo 43 run (Tronovitch kick)


    END CF
    First Downs 13 14
    Rushes-yards 37 for 256 47 for 306
    Passing yards 69 0
    Comp-Att-Int 5-12-2 0-5-1
    Punts-ave yards 1-29 2-34
    Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-2
    Penalties-yards 3-20 4-35

    Chenango Forks rushing:

    • Roy Deyo 15-172, 1 TD
    • Jamie Hoover 9-29
    • Chris Spencer 5-72, 1 TD
    • Matt Juriga 8-3, 1 TD
    • Nick Mirabito 6-31
    • Dan Pendleton 2-5
    • Rob Voorhis 1-6

    Elmira Notre Dame rushing:

    • Whitteker 15-129
    • Waite 7-32
    • Sinko 2-15
    • Manuel 10-55
    • Drake 2-15

    Chenango Forks passing:

    • combined 0-5, 1 int.

    Elmira Notre Dame passing:

    • Manuel 5-12, 69 yards, 2 int.

    Chenango Forks receiving: 


    Elmira Notre Dame receiving:

    • Clearwater 1-3
    • Peworchik 1-17
    • Whitteker 3-49

    JV Score: Elmira Notre Dame 13-3


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