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big plays stop EFA
BY KEVIN STEVENS
Press & Sun-Bulletin
ELMIRA -- To begin this season of Section 4 football title
defense, Chenango Forks' defenders dominated.
With aid of a critical
first-quarter stand when Elmira Free Academy drove deep into the
visitors' territory, Forks dismantled EFA for a 20-0 victory
over the reigning champions of Class A.
|EFA workhorse Reggie Wallace finds some running room against CF
The brothers Batty --
dependable senior Drew and sophomore up-and-comer Tim --
accounted for all of the points on a day Forks proved itself a
capable defender of its Class B championship.
"I foresee nobody --
nobody -- touching them all year," a thoroughly convinced
EFA coach Dick Senko said of those opponents found on Forks'
Senko's Blue Devils were
without junior tailback Derrick Beckworth, a 1,492-yard rusher
last season. Of his absence, Senko said, "I can't say. It's
just an in-house situation," and declined to elaborate.
Whether Beckworth's inclusion
in EFA's backfield would have been enough to swing the outcome
will be left to debate. What is known is that:
* EFA didn't pick up its third
first down until the final two minutes of the third quarter.
* EFA rushers netted 74 yards
-- a paltry 2.2 per carry.
* Forks forced EFA's punt team
into action on seven occasions.
"We thought we were ahead
defensively, with a lot of kids back," Forks coach Kelsey
Green said. "We shut the run down very well. I know they
were missing their top running back, but that No. 44 (Reggie
Wallace), he's a good one, he was a good one last year. We had
to play against good people."
Especially staunch was Forks'
defense when facing its tightest spot of the ballgame.
With aid of a 49-yard pass play
from Kenny Hartnett to Josh Furnas, EFA reached Forks' 2-yard
line in the final minute of the first quarter.
Immediately, EFA backed itself
up with a procedure penalty -- one of its 10 penalties on the
day -- and Forks followed with some big-play defense. On second
down, linebacker Matt Blackman stopped Wallace for a 4-yard
loss. Next, end Zach Tarnowski felled Hartnett for a sack good
for 8 more negative yards.
The ensuing field goal try, a
34-yarder by Furnas, was left of the mark and the game remained
From that point, there was no
beating this Forks defense.
"When we get down near the
goal line, there's nothing they can do," said Jake Frisch,
a defensive end for Forks. "We feel like we're pretty much
just like a wall."
Green said, "The kids just
remember, (the opponent) isn't in until they're in."
Forks' point production came
exclusively via the big play.
First to strike was Drew Batty,
calling upon some heads-up improvisation to set in motion a
68-yard touchdown rush with 7:49 to play in the first half.
"I wasn't even supposed to
be the pitch man," Batty said of the option play toward
EFA's sideline. "I was a blocker and I saw (quarterback
Matt) Juriga run by me and I yelled to him to pitch the ball,
and he pitched it."
Drew Batty's second score came
one play after he and Juriga hooked up on a 25-yard pass play to
EFA's 37-yard line. Batty accepted the handoff on a misdirection
play and, with running room to spare, scooted in with nary a
defender afforded a realistic shot at the tackle.
"I give all the credit for
that one to the line," Batty said. "They opened the
biggest hole. I didn't even get touched by the defense."
Oh, as Green remarked after all
was said and done, "And how 'bout little brother there,
Young Timothy Batty, sure to be
heard from in assorted roles this season, completed the scoring
by intercepting a pass from Hartnett at Forks' 26-yard line and
sprinting the distance. It was Tim Batty who converted the PAT
kicks following his brother's scores.
Photo Credit: Miles
B. Norman - Elmira Star Gazette