FORKS -- Dryden took a strong running game and a strong run
defense into Saturday's matchup against Class B state finalist
And the Blue Devils beat up on
both of them.
Three Chenango Forks runners
rushed for more than 50 yards as the Blue Devils piled up 315
rushing yards, and the Purple Lions were held to 24 yards
rushing as Chenango Forks defeated Dryden 30-6.
Chenango Forks (3-0) took
advantage of two Dryden miscues in the first quarter and
converted them into two safeties for a 4-0 lead.
From there, the Blue Devils'
running game and quarterback Matt Juriga opened up a 24-6 lead
and the Purple Lions (2-1) never threatened in a game marred by
a combined 21 penalties for 222 yards. Chenango Forks was
penalized 14 times for 155 yards.
"It was one of the
hardest-hitting games I've ever been a part of," said
Dryden coach Eric Hartz. "They even said after the game
that no one had hit them as hard as we did."
Hartz said Jeff Lang, who
played quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back and
kicker/punter for the Purple Lions, played a great game for his
Lang led Dryden to its only
score, hooking up with Kyle Haines for a 40-yard touchdown pass
in the third quarter.
"Jeff had a great game for
us," Hartz said. "He did everything. He threw a couple
interceptions, but the positives far outweighed the