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articles from the day before the game.
rules stomping grounds, defeats East
CHENANGO -- Even in his
dreams, Roy Deyo's last home game at Chenango Forks High School
never went this well.
Deyo, a lightning-quick
160-pound senior halfback, rushed for a game-high 138 yards and
three touchdowns, the last being a 46-yarder down the left
sideline in the third quarter of a 35-6 Class B semifinal rout
of Corning East.
Not bad, to be sure, but it
gets even better.
Following his final carry, a
50-yard spurt that set up Steve Tronovitch's 19-yard touchdown
run in the closing seconds of the third quarter and opened a
35-0 lead, Deyo was serenaded by the crowd of several hundred.
they chanted in unison, everyone sounding like calypso singer
"I don't even know if I
can describe that," Deyo said. "It's the best feeling
I've ever had. To have people chanting my name in the last game
a lot of us seniors will ever play on this field. It was ... it
Amazing would describe the
latest victory for the Blue Devils (9-0), ranked fifth among the
New York's Class B schools.
Everyone already knows about
Forks' tough-as-nails defense, which allowed Corning East only
10 yards rushing in the first half and 97 for the game. And nose
guard Kelsey Jenks wasted little time setting a tone with a
thunderous sack of Trojans quarterback Josh Stewart on a
third-and-5 midway through the second quarter.
East couldn't block Jenks, and
had no answer for fellow linemen Jake Frisch, Juan Mendoza or
Jordan Jenks either. Normally fleet-footed East tailback Jordan
Van Oort managed only 18 rushing yards, and athletic quarterback
Felix Forbes had only seven.
But Forks won the game with its
underrated offense, a unit that receives little attention but
can't be overlooked. The Blue Devils employ a
thunder-and-lightning running attack featuring Deyo and Jamie
Hoover, two backs whose styles couldn't be any different.
Deyo is the flashy speedburner,
who doesn't need many carries to rack up yardage. He notched 111
of his yards on only three carries and scored touchdowns of 15
and 46 yards to go with a 1-yard plunge that opened the scoring
five minutes into the game.
Hoover (113 yards) gets the
tough yards between the tackles. But he can also burst through
the line for big gains, like his 55-yard touchdown that gave
Forks a 21-0 lead late in the first half.
"In the beginning of the
year, it was our defense that got all the credit," Hoover
said. "They deserved it, but the offense got a little
upset. We're not a one-dimensional team."
Said Forks coach Kelsey Green:
"Maybe if we don't talk about it, [the offense] will keep
sneaking up on people. I like the way we run. Roy is a constant,
and Jamie really came through today."
Hoover will need to do it again
this Saturday when Forks meets Oneonta for the Class B
championship. The game is at 5 p.m. at Union-Endicott's Ty Cobb
"We've been thinking about
Oneonta for a long time," Deyo said. "Hopefully, it'll
work out as well as it did today."